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A Brand New Model: The Productivity Workflow Formula ™ (PWF)
Adapted from What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do (Berrett-Koehler, 2012) by Laura Stack
The PWF breaks down into six primary steps:
- Determine what to do. Study your work requirements closely; triage your to-do lists; handle time-wasters; and decide to do only what really matters.
- Schedule time to do it. Assign time slots and durations appropriately; say no when appropriate; make decisions quickly; and control your meetings.
- Focus your attention. Hone your concentration to razor sharpness; shut out distractions, learn focus techniques; and avoid multitasking.
- Process new information. Research effectively; file digital information; and quickly handle incoming email, voicemail, and paper.
- Close the loop. Determine what does and doesn’t work; reduce inefficiencies; solve people problems and bottlenecks; and tighten up systems as you go.
- Manage your capacity. Focus on the physical factors affecting your energy; manage sleep, diet, exercise, and your own happiness.
The model is circular by design, which suggests continuity, as well as a process that can—and should—be repeated again and again. In other words, you get into a continuum and don’t have to leave it; it becomes part of your life.
What to Do When There’s Too Much To Do
Reduce Tasks, Increase Results, and Save 90 Minutes a Day
By Laura Stack
July 2012; $15.95; 192 pages