How many times throughout the day do you allow others to change your todo list?
This might be a case them asking you to do something, changing something you had planned to do or simply interrupting so you can’t do anything.
It’s vital that you be able to control your todo’s as much as possible. We all have to make exceptions to this rule. An emergency occurs or a great opportunity arises and you have to make changes.
The problem many of us have is we assume something is a true emergency just because someone said so. If you are a doctor and an emergency arises…it’s probably an emergency. If you are a plumber and an emergency arises…it’s probably an emergency. The issue becomes when someone calls the doctor because of an emergency and it’s really just a cold. Or they call a plumber about an emergency and it’s really just a slow draining pipe.
Being able to determine what is and what isn’t an emergency is one of the first steps toward controlling your own todo list. The sooner you master this, the more efficient you can be.
Have a great day!