The first is called “Mission Critical” taken from The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Basically, he describes “Mission Critical” as the single most important task that you have to do that day. What task, if it is NOT completed by the end of the day, will make you feel like you wasted your day and dissatisfied?
Well, to help us define that task, we have to know one more thing…what does “important” mean?
For this answer, I turn to another book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. In this book, he describes each task as having two qualities, “Important” and “Urgent.” To me, “Urgent” means a task that must be done very soon. “Important” is a task that doesn’t need to be done right away but critical for the long term.
On my whiteboard on my door, I have divided it into two Mission Critical tasks to be done each day by 11am if possible-one Urgent, and one Important. This helps my productivity rise and my speed accelerate!