Two Key Questions for Attaining Maximum Effectiveness

February 11, 2014

ID-10070485-1What are the most important tasks you have to complete to make the greatest contribution to your organization, your family, and to your life in general?

No matter what you happen to be focusing on at any particular time, there are two questions that you can ask on a regular basis to keep yourself focused on getting your most important tasks completed on schedule.

The first question is “What are my highest value activities?” This is something that needs to be thought through carefully, and is one of the most important questions you can ask and answer. First, think this through for yourself. Then, ask your boss. Ask your coworkers and subordinates. Ask your friends and family. Like focusing the lens of a camera, you must be crystal clear about your highest value activities before you begin work.

The second question you can ask continually is, “What can I do, that if done well, will make a real difference?”

This question comes from management guru, Peter Drucker. It is a highly poignant question for achieving personal effectiveness. What can you—and only you—do, that if done well, can make a real difference? This is something that if you don’t do it, it won’t be done by anyone else. But if you do it, and you do it well, it can really make a difference to your life and your career. What is your answer to this question?

If you pose this question to yourself every hour of every day, there will be a specific answer. Your job is to be clear about the answer and then to start and work on this task before anything else.

Start today by making a list of everything you do at work and then selecting your most valuable tasks from that list. Also resolve to start in on your highest value task and stay at it until it is 100% complete.


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