Focus on the what, not the how

What you do is more important than how you do it. Doing an important task badly is better than doing a low value task well. Engineers are particularly susceptible to this, because we love the how.

That’s why the Eisenhower Matrix is so interesting:

The Eisenhower Matrix: Time and Task Management Made Simple - Luxafor

If you find yourself thinking “X is really important but it’ll take a long time, so I’ll do Y right now since it’s easier/more urgent/less stressful/more fun/whatever” then consider the Eisenhower Matrix. Focus on the what and think about what you’ll regret not doing later. Maybe you shouldn’t be the one to do Y at all?

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