Not-for-profit organizations often have “hands-on working” boards, whose members are called on to chair sub-committees. This is the case of one of the boards that I currently serve on.
Prior to a recent board meeting, while reading through Organize Tomorrow Today, I felt that the ideas in the book were so critical that I wanted to share them with my fellow board members.
Here are some of the key points we discussed
- Stop multi-tasking. Although many of us attempt to multi-task, when we do so we divide our attention, trying to do more than one thing at the same time. When we multi-task, we use a lot more energy and time to get things done. We end up compromising our attention and therefore more apt to miss some of the finer details of important tasks.
- Choose wisely. The concept of choosing wisely sounds easy, but it’s not. It’s not easy because it’s counterintuitive. It’s often easier to put a list together of all the possible things you need to get done than it is to actually choose your one most important task and then master it.
- The power of one. When we focus on one primary task it makes action much more realistic. One simple, positive change can build momentum and it will often prime us for the next success. “Focusing on one thing promotes action. Learn to do less, but more often.”
- Say “no.” This is a hard one for me. Like the authors say, I will often confuse “urgent” with “important” and say yes to so many urgent things. When I say “yes” too often, I am saying “no” to other things that are much more important.
During a time of informal sharing, our board discussion moved from mentioning a few ideas to in-depth questions around productivity and time management/priority setting tips.
Maybe this might be an idea for you at your next board meeting.