20 Мая
Hodder & Stoughton
Amazon Ozon

Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management

Несмотря на расслабленное название, книга Марка Фостера довольно строга и крайне практична. Основная ее тема — это система, которая позволяет концентрироваться на реальной работе (real work) вместо дел, который вас от нее отвлекают (busy work). Основной рецепт — это закрытые списки дел на день, которые нужно заранее спланировать и обязательно выполнить.

Все новые дела, которые появляются в течение дня, принудительно переносятся на завтра. Единственно возможные исключения — дела невероятной срочности. То есть, вы не отвлекаетесь на сегодняшнюю почту, не вносите корректировки в макет, о которых узнали сегодня, а выделяете для этого время на завтра. Именно поэтому, дела, которые вы делаете сегодня, обязаны быть сегодня же и закончены — завтра у вас просто не будет на них времени.


Success in a project is very rarely a matter of ‘willpower’. It’s usually a matter of having set up a good structure to support the carrying out of the project. Your project need the mental and physical equivalents of government’s controlling structures.
What one is always aiming for is to make it easier to do the right thing than the wrong one.


The aim of vision is to bring clarity and focus. If it doesn’t do that, then it is worse than useless.

In the same way when you decide on a course of action you should not only be choosing it but also rejecting all the alternative courses of action.


Real work is what advances your business or your job. It should use your skills and knowledge to the full and will frequently take you out of your comfort zone. Since it is by nature quite challenging, it is likely to meet some resistance within your mind.
Busy work, on the other hand, is what you do in order to avoid doing the real work!


The way to make money in business is usually to keep your focus as narrow as possible. Your aim should be to do a few thing really well. I you find you don’t have time to do them all really well, then narrow your focus so that you are doing even fewer things.


When we create a buffer we are switching our brain over from reactive to rational thinking.
One of the best ways of achieving this is to write down what we intend to do. Being a higher-level activity, writing switches us into a more rational mode.

You need to make a rule for yourself here: whenever you think something comes up that you think needs a quick response, write it down.

Making a habit of this is crucial because when you are designing your day you cannot plan for same-day actions.


… I am proposing in this book that there should be only two days on which your works gets actioned — today or tomorrow. The strong preference is for tomorrow.


Whenever you send an e-mail, leave a message or ask someone to do something, make sure that you put a note in your task diary to follow up after a couple of days. Do the same if someone promises to do something for you. Follow-up is essential because you will never get anyone to attach a higher priority to your work than they perceive that you are giving it yourself.


Our instinctive reaction when we when we decide to take a break is to work to the natural finishing point — the end of the next chapter or section or whatever — and then take a break. This seems a very natural thing to do, but the problem it is that the mind chalks up a completion: ‘We’ve finished!’ The mind likes completion, so so getting it to start again on the next section can be an effort.