To defer means saying, "Not right now" rather than, "Not ever." This could be a new project you want to com mence in a week or two or it could be van idea you want to reflect on before taking action.
But be careful, there's a fine line between deferring and procrastinating indefinitely.
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Simply put, act on your tasks. The 2-minute rule can help with that: If you can complete a task in two minutes or less, do it now.
It's amazing what you can accomplish in just 120 seconds: write an email, make a quick phone call, pull a report and so on.
You don't have to do much of anything beyond making a simple decision to do or to delete.
If the deleted item is a simple activity that won't bring you results, remove it from your to-do list and move on with your day. The second most pleasing thing after completing a to-do list is removing an item from it.
You might find it disconcerting when the results are somewhat different than when you complete the work yourself.
To delegate effectively, create a playbook breaking down a project or task step-by-step and detailing what the outcome looks like.
For your to-do list:
To delegate efficiently, ensure you choose the right person for the job with the necessary skills.
When you are hiring, make a practical test simulating the task you are delegating. If you need a video editor, ask for a quick video.
Takes long to finish a task and is very much focused on quality over quantity. This leads to them feeling stressed, overwhelmed and having difficulty to multitask.
Strategy: Get rid of clutter, especially on the email. Use methods like the "inbox zero" – where you keep your inbox empty or almost so at all times.