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Daily prioritization check-in

The process of finding what is important to work on could be translated into this series of simple questions:

  • Do I truly have to do this thing now?
  • If the answer is Yes, is this “The Most Important Thing?
  • If not, where does it fit in relation to the other tasks?
  • Is someone waiting on me for this?
  • If so, when do they need it?
  • Does working/not working on this now have long-term consequences that I am not aware of?

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Steven Pressfield

“The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.”

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  • Task management. This one is most commonly taught and includes systems like Getting Things Done.
  • Knowledge management. This is embodied in systems like productivity educator Tiago Forte's Building a Second Brain.
  • Priority management. Without this category, the first two will fail. You need to have your tasks and resources organized, but also know how to prioritize them.

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The urgency bias

We usually give priority to unimportant tasks when there is a sense of urgency around them.

We’re actually psychologically wired to put aside important tasks in favor of tasks that feel more urgent. But spending our time taking care of urgent tasks can leave us feeling exhausted and unaccomplished.

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