Previously I discussed What’s On Your Not To Do List as a means to remain focused on priorities. I never fear running out of work in cybersecurity. Instead, I worry that our focus does not always stay on the most critical issues. Today I want to highlight several techniques I use to help remain effective.
Over and over again
No can be a complete sentence
Opportunity cost associated with time spent on other items
Create space for unexpected tasks
Make appointments for what matters most
Goal tracking system
As an achiever, I enjoy checking items off my “to do” list
Evernote as a repository to hold ideas for future research
Keep from cluttering up my brain
Found tremendous value in weekly reviews
Focus on what I accomplished
And what needs even more focus
Each of these tactics serves to help keep me focused on what matters most. What hacks do you use to stay effective throughout your busy day? Let us know in the comments section!
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Other than the use of Evernote (I of course use Emacs & Org mode), I do or intend to do all of this listed here. I like the “Calendar Margin” as something I am accidentally doing and could probably improve.