Iâ€™ve changed the way I work. Itâ€™s a small change but is already having a significant impact on how much I get done, and how I feel about what Iâ€™m doing.
Currently, Iâ€™m reading 99Uâ€™s book called â€˜Manage Your Day-To-Dayâ€˜ and, from the first chapter itâ€™s struck a chord.
The biggest problem we face today is â€œreactionary workflowâ€. We have started to live a life pecking away at the many inboxes around us, trying to stay afloat by responding and reacting to the latest emails, text messages, tweets, and so on.
Thatâ€™s my day, right there. A reactionary nightmare. And this â€¦
At the beginning of the day, faced with an overflowing inbox, an array of voicemail messages, and the list of next steps from your last meting, itâ€™s tempting to â€˜clear the decksâ€™ before starting your own work [T]he trouble with this approach is it means spending the best part of the day on other peopleâ€™s priorities.
So, Iâ€™m restructuring my day. From now on, my email will not be opened before 1pm (ideally, Iâ€™ll leave it until 2pm). The best hours of my day are 9 â€“ 12 Iâ€™m more alert, more focused, and more productive, and Iâ€™ll be using that time to do work that I decide upon. That may well be work for other people â€“ given I work in a client based business, thatâ€™s expected â€“ but Iâ€™ll decide who itâ€™s for.
Whatever it is Iâ€™m doing, itâ€™s me whoâ€™s making the choice to do it. Iâ€™m no longer going to spend my most productive time working through somebody elseâ€™s priorities. Hurrah!
(I really can recommend the book:Â Manage Your Day-To-Day)
And as a bonus, I just found this neat summary video: