Unless we let ourselves feel bad, we miss the important things we want to do. Feeling bad is an essential productivity skill. How do you avoid feeling bad, in big ways and small?
How can we make better decisions in the moment, when people ask us for our time and effort? How can we avoid resenting people who demand our time?
The decision making process is more emotional than we usually realize. Here’s a test to help keep our inner conflicts fair and balanced.
Flossing: are you one of the 12% of Americans who do it daily? Or one of the 60% who say they do? Flossing is in “Quadrant 2,” where we experience most of our Rider and Elephant problems. Why don’t we hang out in Quadrant 2 all day long?
Our behavior, not our words, indicates our most basic desire. What does it mean when they don’t match up?
It’s the result, not the process, that matters when we delegate. Visualize the result, share your vision, forget the How, and say “Go.”
Failure happens. By delegating, we can use low-risk projects, where failure is an option, as a learning experience for everybody.
When we delegate the tasks we don’t like, we risk dwelling in the Busyness Bubble, making ourselves too busy doing what’s fun, but not important. Is our busyness artificially inflated?
When we get too busy or feel overwhelmed, it’s time to delegate. But delegate what, exactly? Once we’ve done the two-week test to find our delegatables, we’ll find that delegatables fall into two groups: The simple, tedious, administrative tasks that don’t require much skill, and that we can do well. The challenging, important tasks that…
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