Old-fashioned tricks for prioritizing things – 安排事务优先顺序的老式窍门

Old-fashioned tricks for prioritizing things - 安排事务优先顺序的老式窍门

Old-fashioned tricks for prioritizing things – 安排事务优先顺序的老式窍门

Others have different methods of strategising priorities. Neuroscientist and author of The Organized Mind Daniel Levitin goes for an old-fashioned method. He carries 3-inch by 5-inch index cards everywhere, and writes down ideas about projects under way and things to do on the cards.

其他人对于优先事项有不同的战略对策。神经科学家、《大脑超载时代的思考学》(The Organized Mind)一书的作者丹尼尔•列维廷(Daniel Levitin)采用了一种老式的方法。他随身携带3英寸×5英寸的索引卡,并在卡片上记录有关正在进行的项目和代办事项的想法。

He sorts them into order of priority before he goes to bed, then again when he wakes up and makes adjustments. “It dramatically increases my focus and reduces mind wandering while I’m working.” Between five and 10 cards is the optimum. If there are any more he puts them in a “later” or “abeyance” pile.


Mr Bailey works by a “rule of three”. At the start of the day he asks himself what three things he would like to accomplish by the end of the day. He does this every day, every week and every year. He does point out, however, that most people need to do more than three things a day to keep their jobs.

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Elizabeth Emins, author of The Art ofLife Admin: How I learnt to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More, examines her priorities each week, dividing them under various roles (parent, individual, writer, teacher, academic) before deciding which of those needs prioritising.

《生活管理的艺术:如何做得更少,做得更好,并且更多享受生活》(The Art of Life Admin: How To Do Less, Do It Better, and Live More)一书的作者伊丽莎白•埃门斯(Elizabeth Emens)每周都会检查自己的优先事项,将它们按不同角色来分类(家长、个人、作家、教师、学者),然后再决定哪些需要优先处理。

She also suggests pairing up with someone else to talk through tasks and figure out priorities. They can hold you accountable — although it might be demoralising if you do not achieve as much as your admin partner.


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