A month ago, @Glenn_Smith turned me on to this book, The Personal Efficiency Program.
The author started out as a consultant who wouldn’t take payment unless his corporate clients got results. Unfortunately, the client employees weren’t following through on implementing his improvements. Not an uncommon issue with corporate-wide process improvement initiatives.
The author realized that day to day inefficiencies were preventing employees from getting stuff done, so he created this program.
But I don’t agree with it.
Okay, there’s probably some good stuff in it and I’m not even a quarter-ways through it. But let’s talk about
The author prides himself on getting employees to do items in their inbox now. But that’s what I was doing until @Chris clued me in to the power of procrastination.
So Monday morning, I tried a hybrid hack of Do Now and procrastination. I call it Do Now Last Week.
After reviewing the new emails in my Outlook inbox, I minimized the views for “From this week,” “From two weeks ago,” “From a month ago,” and “Older messages.”
What was left was a view of all the emails left in my inbox from last week. Now it was in sharp focus instead of blending into a never ending sea of correspondence.
Usually, stuff that’s several weeks in your inbox can go untouched another few days—if it was urgent you would’ve gotten a follow up by now. The untouched emails from last week, however, are where I’m most likely to get in trouble because of an upcoming deadline that’s been overlooked.
So throughout the day, I started to go through last week’s emails and it saved me some pain that I unknowingly was soon to receive.
How do you balance efficiency versus effectiveness, or the power of Do Now versus the art of procrastination?