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2. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.

Prioritizing is the key to greater efficiency as well as accomplishing what really matters. Assess each activity or task at hand and ask yourself point-blank: What results will this gain?

How to: Establish a way of ranking items on your to-do list by relearning your ABCs. Give A-items (rich in reward) your full attention first. Set aside a special time each day or week to accomplish these things. Focus less on the B’s (they offer minimal payoff). Brush aside or farm out the C’s with the 4D’s: delete, delay, diminish, delegate.

prioritize:決定事情的先後順序、按重要性排序、劃分優先順序
prior:在…之前
efficiency:效率、效能、功效
accomplish:完成、達到(= realize)
at hand:在手邊、即將到來
point-blank:直截了當地
establish:設立、建立、確立
rank:等級、順序
minimal:極小的、極少的、最低的
minimum:最少的
brush aside:把…推在一邊、漠視某人
farm out:出租土地、承攬
diminish:減少、縮小
delegate:委派、授權

3. Disarm distractions.

Taking a call at random or chatting with an unexpected visitor can eat away your day. Manage distractions by asking upfront how much time is required. Be proactive in deciding whether to proceed or postpone. If you’re in the middle of something, offer to meet at a later time.

How to: Get ahead of the game by starting early in the day. One hour of quiet, uninterrupted work time is worth three to four hours later in the day, according to time-management studies. Also, don’t start each morning with the simplest tasks on your to-do list to warm up. That tactic simply wastes your most alert hours.

disarm:消除…的傷害、解除…的武裝
distraction:分散注意的事物
eat away:侵蝕
upfront:直率的、坦白的、預付的
proactive:積極主動的、主動出擊的
pro:之前、向前
active:活潑的
postpone:使延期、延遲
ahead of the game:領先、佔優勢
uninterrupted:不間斷的、連續的
warm up:加勢、變暖、作準備
tactic:手法、策略、戰術、手段
alert:警愓的、警覺的、靈活的、機敏的、留神的


文法:
one hour of … is worth … hours …
(一個小時的…相當於幾個小時…)

特別補充:
undivided
:全部的、專心的、專一的
outsource:委外
subcontract:外包
priority:優先性

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