Activities Rule! Not The Clock!

by Trapper Woods

An activity is something we do. An activity is the basic unit of our life’s design. Results are determined by the activities we choose and how we arrange to get them done.

How well do you choose and arrange your daily activities? In business, select activities that are essential for the existence, continuation, and the well-being of your organization or your family. Avoid trivial activities.

Here are four activity selection questions you can apply on a daily basis.

  • Is this activity a step toward the achievement of a goal?
  • Is this activity a good time investment?
  • If I don’t do the activity, who will it affect and will anyone suffer?
  • Is the activity necessary for the existence, continuation or well-being of the organization?

Knowing what to choose and what to refuse is what it’s about. Activities rule, not the clock. The clock is nothing more than a measurement tool. Learn to be a good activity chooser!

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One thought on “Activities Rule! Not The Clock!

  1. Let me just briefly argue that the clock and activities can peacefully co-exist. haha. I advise all of my clients to use the Pomodoro Technique (Google that if you’ve never seen it before) in order to get tasks out of the way that they’re uninterested in. I also have all of my clients draft long-term goal lists so that we can break them down into what’s required of them on a daily basis – those are the activities that you’re referencing. Eventually, my clients become more resourceful about minimizing the time they spend on non-goal tasks (filing paperwork, etc.) Being productive isn’t about accomplishing everything, it’s about constantly working to minimize the time you spend on things you hate and maximize the time you spend on things you love.

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