How to Organize Your Day on a Napkin | RadReads




This is the $10 category of low-value work. A simple test for what belongs in this bottom-right quadrant: Can I do this hungover? Here you’ll find paying bills, rescheduling meetings, updating reports and cleaning up formatting. Yes, it needs to get done (as part of a portfolio approach), but by I implore you – please don’t waste your best energy on these tasks.

The last quadrant is particularly salient for those with direct reports. Whether you’re checking-in, unblocking their high value work or mentoring them – this is the quadrant where you play air traffic control. What makes this quadrant different is that you typically aren’t the one doing the work. Instead, you’re responding. That’s why putting it in a separate quadrant helps protect your mind space.