- Classifying your tasks on the basis of how much effort they require and how much impact they'll have
- Determining your daily high and low energy cycles
- Structuring your day around your best times for doing high or low effort tasks
Effort And Impact For Your Present Situation
Gardner writes about four kinds of effort/impact pairings: Low Effort/High Impact Tasks, High Effort/High Impact Tasks, Low Effort/Low Impact Tasks, High Effort/Low Impact Tasks. Note that this is totally different from the traditional high to low priority rankings of tasks, because the effort involved is included. It's not about deciding which tasks are most important. It's about deciding what kind of effort is required for various kinds of tasks.
Gardner writes about structuring your day around your best times for doing high or low effort tasks. But what about using your knowledge of effort and impact to help determine what tasks you'll work on during weeks or months when you find yourself in situations when you can't work normally?
At those times, you can determine how much effort you can make and which tasks you have some hope of completing.
Hmm. This might be an example of getting the best bang for your buck.