In my last blog post, I discussed my take on Stephen Covey’s four generations of time management. In this post, I’ll go more into depth on the first generation of time management: Reaction.
Generally speaking, when it comes to time management you want to reduce time spent reacting. Yet disruptions happen all the time, from the drop-in coworker to the barrage of daily phone calls and emails almost everybody has to deal with. You can minimize the need to react, but you can’t make it go away. It is important not only to minimize disruption, but to deal effectively with it so that new information isn’t missed and emergencies are addressed swiftly.
With that in mind, let’s take a two-pronged approach to reactive time management:
- Minimizing disruption.
- Maximizing response effectiveness.