"What is the best use of your time right now?" In his book Alan Lakien calls this the Lakien question. I think this is a question we need to ask ourselves often. The question brings in all the time management principle in one simple question.
Alan Lakien's book "How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life" is a classic. http://www.amazon.com/Control-Your-Time-Life-Signet/dp/0451167724 I thought it was such an important book I bought it for everybody in our company when I first read it.
If I ask myself this question right now, I first must decide about how I decide what is best. The key element in this decision is what is most important in my life. However in addition I must think about how much time I can devote to this task right now. In all cases several choices will appear and we then chose from those that move forward our list of "A" goals. The "A" goals are another of Lakien's ideas from his exercise on deciding on you most important goals. I wrote about this exercise in another blog
Even if you have not decided on your high priority goals, you will have an intuitive sense of what is best. Using this question and you intuitive sense, you will become much more productive and more in control of your life.
"What is the best use of my time right now?"
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