Beginning of Week Kick Off (In Lieu of End of Week last week):Heuristics – The Task/Time/Problem Solver:

Having landed my family and myself in a new life, I am viewing a pile of to do’s that are not “knock/out/able”.. .

Not in a day, week, month or even a year. And the tasks are ALL important – from keeping up with my US and international business matters, to finding my kids a new pediatrician…

Today, this week, and for a foreseeable time ahead, I am applying heuristics with new zest. Heuristics are rules you use to solve problems. A guideline you follow – and when you do, insurmountable tasks fall in line…

Here are a few I have learnt – and a few I thought I came up with myself:

1) Start with the most difficult things when you are most fresh.

That for most people is first thing in the morning.

If you wait (procrastinate) till the afternoon when you already have burnt your cycles for the day, they will take twice the time to complete.

2) Make piles of similar tasks and complete them all at the same time; calls, emails, scheduling. Research shows that it takes 20 minutes to reset when you start a new task, so if you jump from task to task in a rapid manner, you will never fully land in deep concentration in any…

3) Look critically at what you DON’T have to do. If you can be spared but it has to be done, give it to someone else. If it doesn’t have to be done, get rid of it immediately. It’s amazing how much we think has to be done that really doesn’t. Clearing breathing paths and stopping a blood let is about the only two things that you have to do. The rest is on a scale of somewhat important to not at all…

Do share your best heuristics…(and let me know if you do not want me to share it as my inclination will be to…)..

Best,

Coach Jo