Image by Leo Reynolds via Flikr
It is a common lament of the entrepreneur; “There are not enough hours in the day!”
Eli Harari, founder and CEO of SanDisk Corporation said “Time is the Great Equalizer.” I believe the follow-on to that statement is “How you use your time is the great differentiator.”
A recent article in INC magazine raises an interesting observation, most very successful CEOs do not multi-task. In fact they “focused on a succession of tasks in order to wring the full value from their time.” In my experience, multi-tasking is the natural reaction to two things; a lack of planning and organization and a response to pressure.
In fact a study by Stanford researchers suggests that multi-tasking just doesn’t work. One of the researchers states “They’re suckers for irrelevancy” and “everything distracts them” when describing subjects who multi-tasked on a consistent basis.
Are you a sucker for the irrelevant, distracted by everything? Do you have a prioritized task list at the start of every day and finish what you start? Will you become one of those successful CEOs?