I would say there are a few things that I observe. Most people immediately jump into a reactive work flow. First thing in the morning, inbox. As one billionaire put it to me, email is everyone else’s agenda for my time. So setting aside, at least, an hour, maybe, two hours to focus on your most critical “to do” items which means you have to get them out of the inbox the prior day. It separates people very cleanly. It’s a very clear delineating line.
Secondly, I would say that the … I was just talking about this today. The most effective executives I’ve met actually make very few decisions, which is surprising. The reason for that is when they encounter a problem or challenge they immediately classify it into one of two groups.
This is a one oft problem that will never occur again, unlikely or this is a problem that I can define and establish a policy for. And from that point forward, it’s if then.
– Tim Ferris