DUMP UNNEEDED TASKS Ė ACTIVITY TRAP
Click in the flowchart box for a printable page.
Go down your task list and delete each task
that you donít have to do.
Remember, you are in the activity trap so you
have a reason to be harsher than you would otherwise.
View each task in terms of what it achieves for
you in terms of income, relationships and health versus what it
costs you in time, relationships and health. If the costs out way
the benefits, dump it. In doing this donít undervalue health on
either side of the evaluation. For example, Growth Plan research
suggests that business owners who undertake vigorous exercise are
10% more profitable. This may translate to you needing more time to
get out of the activity trap if you let your health rundown, because
you will work slower, with less motivation, less focus and less
clarity of thought.
Not doing a task is rarely as easy as deleting
it from your list. There are usually consequences in terms of other
people relying on you to complete. You will need to mop up the
consequences. Perhaps you can refer jobs with low income and high
time requirement to others or maybe you just have to ask the
person/s involved to make other arrangements.
Other tasks can be deleted by changing the way
you do another, but, donít forget that the aim of this exercise is
to reduce time, not the number of tasks. Donít waste time
reorganising or redescribing your list. All changes must have a
Some tasks may not be able to be deleted
completely. Instead you may be able to replace them with simpler
tasks, perhaps by sharing the responsibility with others involved.
Inspecting your list with the view to reducing
the time required may help you realise a new way to approach a task
which is less time consuming.