It's a supremely simple idea. It should work. However, the course said in order to truly make this process work you must:
- Only answer your phone or voice mails at certain times of the day.
- Stay focused on each task and complete it, delegate it, or process it as far as you can before moving to the next item.
- Close your door and don't allow interruptions.
- Never allow someone else's A to displace yours.
Ok...now...is this, I ask you, a real-world situation? My phone is constantly ringing, my voice mail light constantly flashing and my email constantly popping. Usually it is someone higher up the food chain than me that is trying to reach me. Do you think it is really feasible to "disappear" for long periods of time?
Stay focused on one task? When was the last time your workplace, or more importantly your wandering mind allowed for this kind of single-minded thinking?
Close your door? What f-ing door? Do you not know we are all in cubicles at best and with the latest space-saving movement, many of our workplaces are reduced to desks with half-walls around them. If it weren't for ear-buds none of us would be able to focus at all!
And just so you know, everyone else's A displaces mine on a daily basis. Refer to my food chain comment above.
I particularly loved it when the instructor said, "And don't be seduced by those quick to do items that may be lower priority but are easy to complete."
Lady, I wanted to scream, if it weren't for those things I'd never be able to put a damn check mark on my freakin' list.
So for those of you who can follow ABC, 123, I envy you...and I also believe that you also have a bridge to sell me in Brooklyn.