This post is a summary of The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker. Keep in mind that for Drucker an executive is “anyone who seriously affects the ability of an organization to perform”. Which makes many information workers, among others, executives. 1. Effectiveness can be learned Executive’s performance requires the following five habits: Know where your time goes and systematically manage it. Focus on results rather than work required.
Do you have any pending project or task that you really want to do but that you haven’t started yet because the conditions are not ideal? In Managing your Day-To-Day Elizabeth Saunders suggests the following mindsets to overcome perfectionism when it’s blocking us from doing those highly desired projects. On starting I know there will never be an ideal time to begin so I set aside time to get started on one part of the process.
Our brains are wired to make quick decisions: get food, escape the predators and pass our genes. Stopping to make deliberate decisions sounds like a very bad idea and not worth the effort. However if we mainly rely on cavemen Joe and Jane’s gut in today’s world we are going to make decisions that we will regret later like not saving enough money to become financially independent, staying in the wrong job or wasting time in useless mind-numbing activities.
Uno de los libros que he leído durante este 2008 ha sido Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity de David Allen. En él su autor propone el siguiente método de productividad personal: cada vez que te venga un pensamiento deséchalo si no merece la pena o en caso contrario apúntalo para quitártelo de la cabeza (fase de recogida) cada cierto tiempo procesa la lista de pensamientos.