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The 5 Types of Work That Fill Your Day
Hacking work is all the rage these days, along with tips for managing email, taking notes, and running meetings. But, at a higher level, what can we learn from analyzing the different types of work we do and how we allocate our time?

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Reactionary Work

Reactionary work is the stuff that we do out of a reaction, like picking a phone because it is ringingChecking email, replying to a text message, is all reactionary work. It is...

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Planning Work

Planning work is time spent on listing, prioritizing and scheduling your work. 

Planning helps us become efficient in our execution. Thus, allocating special time for planning wor...

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Procedural Work

It is the stuff we have to do, like writing a check to pay our bills, preparing our tax returns, or even making a daily report.

Procedural work is best tackled by technology

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Insecurity Work

Insecurity work is our dip-checks, drills and monitoring the health of our business, making sure everything is normal.

Insecurity work can be compartmentalized into chosen time periods...

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Problem-Solving Work

Our creativity is in its full potential in problem-solving work. This requires our brainpower, focus, and attention.

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Fully Engaged Work

Problem-solving work is only possible in a distraction-free zone, away from the ringing phones and notifications.

If the problem you're working on is of genuine interest, then there is...

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Handling Reactionary Work

Reactionary work can be distracting and take up most of our time. Blocking time for certain activities like responding to email or replying to text messages may help.

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Invite Dissent To Build Others’ Commitment

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Identify The Strategic Requirements Of The Job

When someone is promoted into a function that requires strategic leadership it’s easy to spend time fixing what was wrong in their previous function but that often isn’t what the strategic leadership position requires. So, identify the strategic requirements of your job and focus on them.

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Adopt GTD Methodology in Email

think of every email you get as either something you need to take action on, track, or refer to later. 

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Create an Email Productivity System

There’s no “definitive” system. The best framework is the one that works for you. Ideally, it should model your work style, supporting the way you work. Bonus points if it’s low-maintenance, fast to set up, and adaptable as your work changes.

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