Traditional approaches to time management tend to focus on the creation of lists of one sort or another, says Mark Lee. After listing out all you need to do, you then prioritise the activities and try to do things in order.
This works for some people – though I have long found it insufficient. Even when I have created the lists I find other things that need doing too.
Do you recall the four time management quadrants (or boxes) identified in Dr Stephen Covey’s seminal book: The 7 habits of highly effective people. The boxes are a function of two axis: importance and urgency.
Many of us find it easy to...