“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen R. Covey
It’s common to feel like you can’t get everything done, but the challenge can only be partly solved by becoming more efficient. The main challenge is deciding what to do and what not to do, because your time is ultimately limited regardless of your efficiency.
In practise this is remarkably hard. Try this simple exercise. Every morning pick one task you will do without fail. Start with with a ridiculously simple task such as moving a paperclip across your desk and then increase the size of the task slightly each day, moving up to meaningful, work-related tasks. See how many days you make. If you’re anything like me, this exercise will demonstrate how hard it is to achieve prioritization and focus.