Brad Feld

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The Wrong Things

Dec 17, 2008
Category Management

Close your door.  Turn off your computer monitor.  Sit quietly and look out the window.  Now – ask yourself the following question: "How much time do I spend on the wrong things each day?"

Don’t bullshit yourself.  Answer it as honestly as you can.  5 minutes?  15 minutes?  30 minutes?  60 minutes?  2 hours?  4 hours?  More?

Now, turn on your computer monitor.  Scan your inbox, even if it’s 4,137 messages (aha – I see you aren’t a zero inbox person of a GTD guy.)  Bring up the weekly view on your calendar and look at it.  Look at your todo list (if you have one).

Turn off your computer.  Answer the question again.

Are you spending your time on the wrong things?