Tomorrow's Academic Careers
Helping Faculty Members Sharpen Their Focus
2. An item that has remained on the to-do list for more than a few weeks should be removed from it. Any item that gets carried over from list to list for several weeks is unlikely to be completed. Encourage the faculty member to refocus his or her priorities on tasks that can and will be accomplished rather than being tyrannized by these items.
3. At the end of each day, spend no more than ten minutes reorganizing the list for the next day?s priorities. A small amount of time spent on setting priorities can become a useful exercise in focusing one?s energy. Too much time spent on this task, however, becomes one more unnecessary distraction.
?Fake it until you make it.?
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