Crucial vs. Not Crucial
|We all have "too much to do". True? Sure enough. And that says a lot of good things about you. That you have "too much to do" suggests that a lot of people have entrusted much confidence in you. I mean, people who are drifting about early each afternoon begging co-workers for something to do, may not have earned that confidence from others. And this applies not only in our work lives but in our personal lives as well.
But this creates a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's great to enjoy the confidence of others. Yet, having "too much to do" often creates the stresses and distresses that may reduce your overall productivity.
I divide our responsibilities into two categories: "Crucial" and "Not Crucial". Crucial items give us the "biggest bang for the buck" for the time spent and is the most productive use of our time. It is the logical use of our time. "Not Crucial" gives us emotional relief. It's doing the little things, the junk mail, desk dusting and the like, that, while necessary, do not really advance our daily success very much.
|When we accomplish the "Crucial" things in our life we are doing "business"
v "busyness". We are making progress versus wheel spinning. Have you ever
had a day when you were busy the whole daylong but when you got home that
night you knew you had not accomplished a darn thing? (We can fool the
world sometimes but we cannot fool ourselves.)
Doing the Crucial things builds up our self-esteem and our motivation
level. Ever notice when you've had a really productive "Crucial" day how
that positive momentum carried forward into your evening hours? You are
more inclined to do the woodworking, spend time with the kids, or work
on hobbies, when you've had a great day. But when you've had one of those
"Not Crucial" days, the motivation and momentum levels are reduced and
when we come home that night, many of us just want to block out the day
with that all important exercise, "click, click, click", the sound of
the TV remote device, surfing us through a multitude of channels that
fail to grab our interest.
|I really believe that most people, intuitively and instinctively, want
to be good time managers. It makes sense. The better we manage our time,
the more results we will enjoy. It's the logical choice.
So let's say it's the start of your workweek and you have a lot of "things
to do", some of which are "Crucial", some "Not Crucial". Intuitively and
instinctively you and I want to be good time managers. Therefore, where
does our attention gravitate towards? Do we focus on the "Crucial" or
"Not Crucial" tasks? The "Crucial"? Sure! Logic tells us that. The more
"Crucial" things we do, the more productivity and success we enjoy.
About the Author
Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
Time Management Seminars
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Shelton, CT 06484
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