‘Beside the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of the nonessentials.’ Lin Yutang
Be realistic about what you want to achieve within the time you have available. Do the most difficult tasks first in the morning and schedule in some relaxation time. Above all else, be flexible.
But what can you get away with not doing?
1. All low-priority items – unless the high-priority items have been completed.
2. Any task whose completion is of little or no consequence. When you have something to do, ask yourself the worst thing that could happen if you don’t do it. If the answer isn’t bad, then don’t do it.
3. Anything you can get someone else to do.
4. Anything just to please others because you fear the condemnation or you want to put them in your debt.
5. Thoughtless or inappropriate requests for your time or effort.
6. Anything others could do for themselves.