“I know planning this project is important, but I have so much to do today,” Lauren explained, hoping I would let her off the hook.
I nodded my head. “I know you have a lot to do, today. How much of what you do today will be effective?” I asked.
“What do you mean? I have phone calls to return, emails to answer, meetings to go to. I have a couple of employees I have to speak to, about things they were supposed to take care. I have a couple of other projects that are behind schedule. A lot of things are piled up.”
“How much of what you do today will be effective?” I repeated.
“Well.” Lauren stopped. “I know some things are more important than other things.”
“And, how do you make that decision? How do you know what you do is effective? How do you know what you do is important?” Lauren’s posture shifted. She backed off the table between us. She was listening. “I will venture that 80 percent of what you do today will be wasted time and only 20 percent of what you do will be effective. How will you know you are working on the 20 percent?” -Tom