You don’t set priorities, you have them, says David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. "Clear the air so you can recognize them," he says.
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MYTH NO. 1: SEARCH ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR AN EMAIL FILING SYSTEM
Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expert. groups everything using broad categories with related subcategories. "I can go right to what I want because my entire system is logical," she says. "If I choose to do a computer search, I can limit the folders searched."
MYTH NO. 2: SET PRIORITIES
You don’t set priorities, you have them, says David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. "If you empty your head of everything that has your attention, you can decide what your next actions should be," he says. "If you wind up with seven phone calls to make, you know what to do."
MYTH NO. 5: TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
Just because you can handle a task right away, doesn’t mean you always should, says Carson Tate, author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style.
"If you are always just executing on the task in front of you right then, you are never able to focus on the tasks and projects that truly align to your goals and priorities," she says. "You end up reacting instead of responding."