APOLOGIES: Looks like we had a double posting last night. I had put the wrong publish time in originally, and obviously must have reposted at the correct time instead of amending the original. Sorry to bug you twice in a day.

I've been reading this book called "The One Thing" by Gary Keller, and although on the surface, it's really really simple, the ideas behind it are quite profound.

One of the things he says is that the word "priority" comes from the latin for first. And, until the mid-twentieth century, it did not have a plural. In other words, you had one, and only one, priority.

He then talks about "timeblocking" - something which I've used before, but never in this manner. Previously I would fill my diary with time, scheduled for "planning this" and "doing that". Some of them would be recurring.

But, inevitably, life would get in the way, I would delete the appointment from my diary and replace it with something else.

Blocking out the time made no difference.

Now I've changed how I do it.

Every morning has four hours, just labelled "priority".

We'll see why this makes a difference tomorrow.

Take action: Find four hours a day and mark them out for your priority.

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England