High-leverage activities: how to identify your energy multipliers - Deepstash
Using our time on high leverage activities

We have 168 hours per week. If we remove the weekends, the time we sleep, eat, shower, and other basic needs, we have a maximum of 100 hours per week to play with.

We have so little time, yet we waste a lot of energy on low leverage tasks that leave us tired and unfulfilled. We should know how to focus our time and energy on high leverage activities.

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"Moving the needle" is used by organisations to describe work with a noticeable impact. However, it can be exhaustive and counterproductive for an individual person to follow such a strategy.

A person should, instead of moving the needle, operate the most efficient levers. Moving the needle may imply hard work, whereas using a lever means using your input to amplify your output.

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Everyone's levers will be different. But when used, they can turn a relatively small amount of time and energy into significant results.

Examples of high-leverage activities:

  • Automating part of your work
  • Creating and publishing original content
  • Joining a public speaking club
  • Taking a writing workshop
  • Mastering a critical tool
  • Building metacognitive processes
  • Learning a new language (such as coding)
  • Looking for a great coach or mentor
  • Shortening unnecessary long meetings
  • Investing in personal and professional relationships.

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  • Document your daily activities. For a few days, track how you spend your workdays.
  • Highlight the tasks you are best suited for. Or put differently, focus on the tasks only you can do.
  • Choose your levers. Select 2 - 3 high-leverage activities and ensure to commit to these levers. Delegate tasks you are not best suited for, and automate repetitive activities.

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