April 18, 2016

On workload


There’s only so much you can do.

It’s maths. With so many hours, minus the time spend on non-productive things like being a human, it’s impossible to do more than can be done.


You could skimp. Put in less time and effort, speed-read, try that texting-whilst-talking-whilst-driving thing, top and tail your attention in meetings and email in the middle, not worry about the pixel-level of detail so long as everything is thereabouts. And pizza can help push to a deadline.

So, you can get more done.

For most of us however, most of the time, it’s more about quality than quantity. If they’re on your to-do list at all – the report, driving, meeting, email, pixels – they deserve attention.

To rephrase then … there’s only so much you can do … properly.

Skippy strategy: Don’t say yes to everything.