In a recent Circle learning opportunity about identifying low valued tasks and what to do with them, we learned that research shows that knowledge workers spend 41% of their time on low-value—and often tedious—tasks that could be handled by others. Harvard Business Review's article on this was the basis for our conversation: Make Time for Work That Matters
That is why when I saw Seth Godin's blog post about what we do all day - I thought it was another fitting set of filters to consider about where we spend our time.
Most of what we do at work all day is one of these three.
Fun: It's engaging, it gives us satisfaction, people smile.
Urgent: Someone else (or perhaps we) decided that this paper is on fire and it has to be extinguished before anything else happens.
Fear-based: Most common of all, the things we do to protect ourselves from the fear we'd have to sit with if we didn't do them.
Not on this list: important.
A day spent doing important work is rare indeed. Precious, too.