Not enough time in the day to get everything done

We all suffer from this. In fact, if you didn’t then it might imply a lack of imagination!

The issue isn’t to get rid of tasks, but to make two key decisions:

  • Which order shall I do the tasks in?
  • How much of my time shall I allocate to each task?

The answers to these questions depend on the urgency and the importance of the tasks.

These two things are not the same! Often they are not connected at all. An urgent task may not be important (what is importance?) so it needs to be done straight away but in a short time. An important task may not be urgent, so it can be done later but it deserves to have a large chunk of time allocated to it.

The biggest time saver is to reduce the time spent on unimportant (though perhaps urgent) tasks.