Sunday, August 5, 2012

‘What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do: Reduce tasks, increase results, and save 90 minutes a day’ by Laura Stack

Close the loop
"The fifth step in the Productivity Workflow Formula involves consolidating everything you've established in the previous steps, ensuring that the various components work together smoothly, feeding back the results, and making the entire process flow more efficiently. You've been building a foundation for a more efficient lifestyle by reducing your to-do lists, calendar commitments, distractions, and incoming information.'
"Closing the loop means you're constantly paying attention to and communicating about hitting goals, meeting deadlines, fulfilling promises, and committing to teamwork. Status changes can occur by the minute, so as you get new information, constantly weed out the unnecessary.'
"As part of the process, you will re-connect with your leadership and your teams, reaffirm your important tasks, and verify your strategic direction. There's also a continuous improvement component: When a process seems unusually long and inefficient, do what you can to make it easier for everyone. Just because something's been done a certain way for a long time doesn't mean it's the best way to do it now. If you find a problem, fix it if you can, or offer a solution if you can't."
(p. 115, 'What To Do When There's Too Much To Do: Reduce tasks, increase results, and save 90 minutes a day' by Laura Stack - Harper)

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