5 Choices to Extraordinary Results

Working harder isn’t the answer, when you’re just keeping your head above water. But, you have a time management problem if, at the end of the day, you ask, “What did I get done.”

Research by FranklinCovey suggests that you spend 40% of your time on things that aren’t important to you or your organization. (From the book, The Five Choices)

3 challenges:

  1. Decision management. Dealing with too many options and decisions.
  2. Attention management. Eliminate distractions.
  3. Energy management. Facing the drain, refueling your brain, and feeling like you’re accomplishing something.

5 choices:

#1. Act on the important, don’t react to the urgent.

Divide your time between important and urgent using four quadrants on a piece of paper. Spend as much time as possible in quadrant two.

“Pause-Clarify-Decide … Is it important?”

four quadrant time matix

#2. Go for extraordinary, don’t settle for ordinary.

  • Identify your most important roles. (Q2)
  • “Anchor your purpose and passion in Q2 Role titles.
  • “Craft a Q2 Role Statement for each role. Define your vision for success.

#3. Schedule the big rocks, don’t sort gravel.

  • Assess your performance at the end of each day. What got done? What will you carry forward?
  • Identify a few “must-dos” for tomorrow.
  • Organize everything else around your must-dos.

#4. Rule your technology, don’t let it rule you.

Create a Q2 email manifesto.

  • Use Q1 or Q2 as the subject line.
  • Don’t CC or reply all unless absolutely necessary.
  • Send one item emails.
  • Set response times.

#5. Fuel your fire, don’t burn out.

Leverage five energy drivers.

  • Move. Sitting is the new smoking. Get up to walk at least every 90 minutes.
  • Eat. “Eat from the rainbow,” for example, colorful natural foods.
  • Sleep.
  • Relax. Take quick breaks or call a friend, for example.
  • Connect. Build close, mutually nurturing relationships.

How might you practice one of the five choices?

What productivity tips work for you?

**This post is based on, “The Five Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity,” by, Kory Kogon, Adam, Merrill, and Leena Rinne.

20 pages of information and tools regarding, The Five Choices.