Make Time For The Not-So-Critical Stuff!

Ever get tired of hearing you should focus your time and energy only on high-value tasks?

You know … the important stuff.

But what about the not-so-important stuff? Those tasks that keep nagging at you. When are you gonna get those done?

We’d all like to work on high-value tasks and activities, but just about everyone today faces a relentless barrage of niggly tasks, an overwhelming inbox, promises you made, stacks of papers you need to file, and stuff you really ought to read.

I’m not telling you not to focus on high-value tasks. You definitely should. But if that’s all you do and you continue to ignore some of those lower-value things, they build up and could develop into annoying have-to’s down the road. Then you won’t have any option but to deal with them.

That’s not an ideal way to handle them.

Here’s my suggestion …

Every once in a while, schedule a day for the not-so-important stuff.

Whether you check them off, X them out, or draw a line through them, the effect is the same … it feels great to mark them done.

That little checkmark can …

  • give you a rush of energy
  • give you a sense of accomplishment
  • motivate you to do more
  • give you the relief of finally completing that task

The bottom line is that completing those lower-value tasks and finally getting them off your list feels good.

I know it’s not always easy to carve out that kind of ‘non-critical’ time for yourself, but I bet you’ll get some high-value out of doing it.

Make time to get rid of those nagging tasks. Get more stuff done.

Now, get on with your day!

How do you get those non-critical tasks done and off your list? 
Share your thoughts below …

About Georgina Forrest

Georgina Forrest is a Productivity Coach & Organizing Specialist at Smartworks! Enterprises Inc. in Red Deer, Alberta. Her credentials include Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), Certified Organizer Coach (COC®), and membership with Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) where she has attained Gold Leaf status – a designation acknowledging her as an experienced professional organizer. Her specialties are geared toward increasing productivity, streamlining administration and decreasing stress in the workplace. She will teach you how to manage your time, space and information so you can be more effective and efficient at work. Additionally she offers training programs, productivity coaching and time management-related presentations.

Comments

  1. Thanks for this timely information, George. We have just completed a very big project – one that gave me the excuse to ignore the “niggly” things. For 10 weeks I was simply TOO BUSY. Oh dear, can you imagine what a 10 week collection of stuff-to-do looks like? Thanks to you I am going to work from home two half-days a week until I catch up, no distractions, just head down, getting things done. I feel better already.

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