89. Only touch things one time.

QUOTE: 89. Only touch things one time. How many times have you opened a piece of regular mail–an invoice, perhaps–and then put it down only to deal with it again later? How often do you read an email, and then close it and leave it in your inbox to deal with later?

Highly successful people try to “touch it once.” If it takes less than five or 10 minutes–whatever it is–they deal with it immediately. Doing so reduces stress since it won’t be in the back of their mind, and it’s more efficient since they won’t have to read or evaluate the item again in the future.  [1]

REFLECTION

APPLICATION:
How does this proverb apply to my personal life?
How does this proverb apply to my professional life?
How does this proverb apply to my pastoral work?
How does this proverb apply to my relationship with and my understanding of God?

OTHER FLAVORS OF THIS CONCEPT:

SOURCES:
Productivity 101 is part of the Listicles Project – an attempt to bring into focus the archetypes of wisdom, the ideas about a topic which occur again and again in a conversation about a topic. The question is this: if we combined all the listicles written on a topic into one giant list, what discrete elements would be present? Each instance of a generic proverb will have a context and flavor contributed by the current author, which add value to the underlying archetypical proverb. I believe that there is a Generic Common Sense or Generic Common Wisdom; I’m hoping to bring it into focus.

[1] This blog post originates with an element from Jeff Haden’s excellent article, “90 Smart Ways to Radically Boost Your Productivity: An epic list of ways to increase your personal productivity and be a lot more successful.” It was published on Inc.com on 1/9/2017. As it is so comprehensive, it’s an excellent starting place to identify and combine proverbs of generic common wisdom.
https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/first-90-days-90-ways-to-boost-your-productivity.html
As the initial proverb may be altered, here is the original quote: 89. Only touch things one time. How many times have you opened a piece of regular mail–an invoice, perhaps–and then put it down only to deal with it again later? How often do you read an email, and then close it and leave it in your inbox to deal with later?

Highly successful people try to “touch it once.” If it takes less than five or 10 minutes–whatever it is–they deal with it immediately. Doing so reduces stress since it won’t be in the back of their mind, and it’s more efficient since they won’t have to read or evaluate the item again in the future.

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