Three Kinds of Daily Work

David Allen talks about three kinds of daily work:

#1)  Doing Predefined Work

This is the work you have “planned” to do:  projects, reports, communication, planning, management

These things are a part of your job description and this is your expectation.

#2)  Doing Work as it Shows Up

This is the work that shows up:  crisis, some people management, interruptions, new ideas & opportunities, problem solving

The key here is to identify what is “important” and what is “not important” .

#3)  Defining Your Work

This is the work of planning what you need to get done:  calendar, goals, future projects, big picture

If you don’t do this work, you’ll never be able to define the work you do every day.


Everyday, spend time in all three of these areas!



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