Today’s topic sounds a lot ruder than it is!
In essence, this is a productivity hack that encourages you to not touch an item or pick it up, unless you intend to do something with it. Not the mail, your email or that dirty cup on your bedside table.
Kelly couldn’t believe she’d not come across this concept until the end of last year (courtesy of Kevin Kruse’s book 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management) while Carly’s been doing it pretty much her whole life.
Does it work? Yes? And how do you get more of ‘Touch it once’ in your life?
The girls share some real life examples for your listening and productivity pleasure.
- Don’t pick it up unless you’re going to deal with it then.
- Don’t open email your email inbox unless you intend to reply to your emails.
- If the job is under one minute, just do it. Spending time debating whether to do something takes vital mental energy.
Real World Tips
- Let’s say you got an email from your sister and it warrants a phone call instead of a reply: instead of leaving that email in your inbox where you will continue to see it at time where you’re not able to call your sister, touch it once: schedule a time in your diary to call your sister … and then delete the email.
- Keep your house tidy: instead of picking up the dirty cup from the coffee table and putting it next to the sink – wash the damn thing! Instead of adding today’s newspaper to the pile on the counter, put it straight into the recycling bin.
- 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse
- The productivity tool you’re not using – via Kelly Exeter
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