Effective Executives do 1st things 1st and they do 1 thing at a time. - Peter Drucker
Living by Compass Rather than Clock, Clock = Appointments, Schedules, Tasks, Compass = Vision, Values, Principles and conscience, Long term goals
Doing the right thing, rather than doing things right, Priorities, The question is who will make the decision - the executive or the pressures., If the pressures rather than the exec are allowed to make the decision, the important tasks will predictably be sacrificed., If priorities are determined by pressure, the work of management does not get done at all., Posteriorities, What tasks not to tackle, The reason why executives struggle to concentrate is the difficulty of setting posteriorities and sticking to that decision
Concentration, Concentration - that is the courage to impose on time and events his own decision as to what really matters and comes 1st - is the executive's only hope of becoming the master of time and events instead of their whipping boy. - Peter Drukcer
Urgent = Important?
Urgent, Urgent things act on us, We react to them, People are addicted to URGENCY instead of Importance
Important, It has to do with results, If something is important it contributes to your mission, values or high priority goals, Important Matters that are Not Urgent require more initiative and proactivity., If we don't have clarity on what is important, we are easily diverted into responding to the URGENT
The Matrix, 1., 2., 3.
Deep thinking+ Long Term thinking
Stress Levels go up
Time required goes up by 70% or more
Quality Goes down
You struggle to get caught up and new tasks and responsibilities keep rolling in.
You will NEVER be able to do everything you wish to do
You will be behind on some tasks and responsibilities and possibly in many
There will never be enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important things.