Managing Time vs. Decision Making | The Rivlin Group

Managing Time vs. Decision Making | The Rivlin Group

We all have the same number of hours each day, seven days a week, according to a general view that makes time management impossible. Making choices that prioritize what needs to be done and when should be our main priority instead of trying to manage our calendar. This essentially takes an inventory of our chores and determines which ones should be completed immediately and which ones can wait.

Prioritize your choices.

Prioritizing some decisions over others is essential while making decisions. The significance of a decision can vary depending on its type. For instance, decisions that directly affect the success of a business or organization should be prioritized over those that have a less direct impact.

Use Quadrant System

A quadrant system is an effective way to evaluate the importance and urgency of tasks. Under this system, you will decide whether the task is both urgent and important, only one or the other, or neither; ie. something that can wait for now. If it’s not important or urgent, ask yourself if it must be done by you or if someone else could handle it. In some cases, you may also choose not to do it at all – but this depends on the nature of your job responsibilities and the timeframe for completion of those duties.

Remove Distractions

Another key element of decision management is turning off distractions like phones when appropriate so that you are able to focus on the task at hand without unnecessary interruptions. It’s wise to also set up notifications or Do Not Disturb when necessary, primarily during times when you absolutely need to concentrate without interruption - such as during crunch time on a project or before an important meeting/deadline, etc.

In doing these things, better decision-making leads to greater productivity in life - both professionally and personally - as well as more fulfillment overall since we are able to complete those tasks that require urgent attention first while leaving less pressing matters until later (or choosing not to do them at all). All this ultimately enables us to lead happier lives with improved mental clarity & less stress knowing that we have made sound judgments about how best to use our time wisely according to its value & significance within our current daily/weekly objectives & goals.


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