#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Doing More by Doing Less
@ErikReagan @FocusLabLLC
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
How many of you have too much time
and not enough to do in it?
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Focus
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
If we lose or waste time — it’s gone.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Planning your day in advance will help you
maneuver around obstacles and stay on target.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
What's worth doing and what's not?
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
The goal isn't to get everything done;
it's to get the right things done.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
“What is important is seldom urgent and
what is urgent is seldom import...
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
1
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent and Important
Health emergency
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent and Important
Car engine dies
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent and Important
Certain emails (but few)
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent and Important
Project deadlines right around the corner
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent and Important
Overall: avoid or prevent these
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
2
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Weekly planning
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Exercise
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Family or personal time
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Learning or studying
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Car or home maintenance
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Date night with your significant other
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Budgeting
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Overall: spend as much time on these as possible
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
3
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent, but Not Important
Phone calls and texts
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent, but Not Important
Most Emails
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent, but Not Important
Most App notifications
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent, but Not Important
Overall: these feel important but aren’t
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
4
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent, but Important
Netflix binge watching
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent and Not Important
YouTube and other online videos
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent and Not Important
Much of Hacker News
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent and Not Important
Most social media involvement
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Not Urgent and Not Important
Overall: considerably limit your time in this quadrant
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
To-do list
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
To-do list
+
To-ignore list
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Distractions
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
— Newton’s first law
An object in motion stays in motion with
the same speed in the same direct...
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Imagine a day without app notifications.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Now go make that day happen.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Set healthy boundaries with
coworkers and family.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Multitasking doesn’t exist.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Construct your environment to
support your to-dos and to-ignores.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
What should you do?
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Plan your Monday in advance.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Plan your Week in advance.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Decide when and where
you’ll get each task done.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Create a “to ignore” list.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Identify which Quadrants you’re working in.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Make changes where necessary.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
— Peter Bregman
You'll never be as good a version of
someone else as you are of yourself.
#PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
Thanks!
@ErikReagan @FocusLabLLC
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These days our culture seems to expect overcommitment and over-connectedness to one's work. Add this expectation to the constant pings from our devices and you get a very fragmented day. It's time we focus on eliminating distractions and managing our time better. It's time we focus on the right things at the right time. But how do you know what the "right thing" is? We'll cover that and other things that will help you do more by doing less.

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  1. 1. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Doing More by Doing Less @ErikReagan @FocusLabLLC
  2. 2. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan How many of you have too much time and not enough to do in it?
  3. 3. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan
  4. 4. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Focus
  5. 5. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan If we lose or waste time — it’s gone.
  6. 6. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Planning your day in advance will help you maneuver around obstacles and stay on target.
  7. 7. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan What's worth doing and what's not?
  8. 8. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan The goal isn't to get everything done; it's to get the right things done.
  9. 9. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan — Dwight D. Eisenhower “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”
  10. 10. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant
  11. 11. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant 1
  12. 12. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent and Important Health emergency
  13. 13. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent and Important Car engine dies
  14. 14. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent and Important Certain emails (but few)
  15. 15. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent and Important Project deadlines right around the corner
  16. 16. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent and Important Overall: avoid or prevent these
  17. 17. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant 2
  18. 18. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Weekly planning
  19. 19. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Exercise
  20. 20. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Family or personal time
  21. 21. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Learning or studying
  22. 22. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Car or home maintenance
  23. 23. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Date night with your significant other
  24. 24. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Budgeting
  25. 25. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Overall: spend as much time on these as possible
  26. 26. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant 3
  27. 27. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent, but Not Important Phone calls and texts
  28. 28. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent, but Not Important Most Emails
  29. 29. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent, but Not Important Most App notifications
  30. 30. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent, but Not Important Overall: these feel important but aren’t
  31. 31. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant 4
  32. 32. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent, but Important Netflix binge watching
  33. 33. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent and Not Important YouTube and other online videos
  34. 34. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent and Not Important Much of Hacker News
  35. 35. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent and Not Important Most social media involvement
  36. 36. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Not Urgent and Not Important Overall: considerably limit your time in this quadrant
  37. 37. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant
  38. 38. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan To-do list
  39. 39. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan To-do list + To-ignore list
  40. 40. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Distractions
  41. 41. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan — Newton’s first law An object in motion stays in motion with the same speed in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force.
  42. 42. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Imagine a day without app notifications.
  43. 43. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Now go make that day happen.
  44. 44. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Set healthy boundaries with coworkers and family.
  45. 45. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Multitasking doesn’t exist.
  46. 46. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Construct your environment to support your to-dos and to-ignores.
  47. 47. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan What should you do?
  48. 48. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Plan your Monday in advance.
  49. 49. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Plan your Week in advance.
  50. 50. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Decide when and where you’ll get each task done.
  51. 51. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Create a “to ignore” list.
  52. 52. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Identify which Quadrants you’re working in.
  53. 53. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Make changes where necessary.
  54. 54. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan — Peter Bregman You'll never be as good a version of someone else as you are of yourself.
  55. 55. #PeersConf 2014 @ErikReagan Thanks! @ErikReagan @FocusLabLLC

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