Even the Romans knew that. And they lived before computers...
The Business Summit 2.0 is over. I'm working through one video each day.
A few days ago, it was Walt Hampton, author of the Power Principles of Time Mastery: Do Less, Make More, Have Fun.
Walt said something which rocked my world.
You may recall me saying few weeks ago, that GMAIL is the best email system I've ever worked with? It still is. But I was doing it wrong.
Walt's "something" was his insight into my life. I was trying to go faster. I should have been aiming for slower.
I drove almost all my life using Google calendar. Rather than me checking it after each task, I set it to send me reminders via email. This forced me to review an inbox loaded with emails from other people. Most are not beautiful people like you.
Most emails in my inbox are clickbait. Enticing baubles to do one day, but not now. Each distraction is more alluring and urgent than the significant work I had planned.
This leads to another day when my reality falls further behind my dreams.
Walt's comment was, "Don't start your day with email. Each email represents somebody else's agenda for your day."
My calendar is my agenda for my day, reflecting essential things I should do. Emails represent other people's agendas and urgencies, not mine.
The only agenda I can control is mine. But I was purposely tangling my schedule with everyone else's.
I did a 180° turn fast.
My calendar now stays open on my PC desktop all day. It's always top of mind. I deal with email twice each day, before lunch or dinner, when I'm inspired to finish fast.
We humans can't multitask. Not even women.
A computer seems to multitask. It replaces its memory contents a few times every second. It clears the running task from memory within 0.000000234 seconds. It loads the next task in 0.00000005 seconds.
(I made those numbers up because the real numbers are small enough to need 9 zeroes to the right of the decimal point. That's umm, fast.)
Computers switch between jobs so fast it looks like multitasking.
That's a weak analogy for us humans.
We can't switch tasks fast. Reading the next mission or answering the phone is at least 60 billion times slower than a PC from 1989.
We can't wipe our mental workspace clean, either. A residual fog from job #1 remains as we try to grasp task #2. Clearing the mist takes up to 25 minutes.
Repeat this a few times each hour, losing about 15 minutes each time, and we're running like hell to stand still. I've been doing this for decades. I am tired.
I disconnected my calendar from my email inbox. I open my schedule when my day starts. I sip my morning coffee as I work on a task vital to my future. I don't scrabble to get ahead of the overnight urgencies.
I don't expect anyone except me will notice.
My happiness quotient is like a holiday in Mauritius.
And that's why I wanted to attend this Summit. Each of the 40 speakers freely offered their lifetime of focus on one facet of this business life. I hope you found it as inspiring as I did.
Enjoy your week.