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)
- Decision management. Dealing with too many options and decisions.
- Attention management. Eliminate distractions.
- Energy management. Facing the drain, refueling your brain, and feeling like you’re accomplishing something.
#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?”
#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.
- 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.