The Arena Newsletter
Issue 7 | November 29, 2018
“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all." – Peter Drucker
Welcome to The Arena Newsletter
Every other Thursday, we share inspiring ideas, tips, and articles that will keep YOU in the Arena. This week, we're exploring the defer piece of the design-delegate-defer-delete cycle.
In the Arena
In the Arena, "procrastinate" and "defer" sometimes sound like the same thing. To procrastinate, though, is to know what you need to do and to do anything else. A colleague once remarked that her oven is never so clean as when she's facing a manuscript deadline! In contrast, to defer is to make a conscious choice to postpone action on something for one of two reasons: (1) The project depends on something else that is not yet complete; or (2) The project is not a priority compared to the other things competing for your time. If the commitments and challenges are big enough, you will need to defer some of the work, which makes the questions: When should you defer? Is procrastination a sign of a project's importance or a signal to defer?

Bonus if you're in the Arena App: To defer a project, just drag it back to "Unscheduled" and free up the mental space to focus on today's priorities.

Weekly Reading
“How Office Control Freaks Can Learn to Let Go" by Elizabeth Grace Saunders (2013). Saunders offers a great review of deferring with delegation. She offers theoretical advice and practical steps in four areas: "(1) Carefully evaluate what only you can do.... (2) Defer early and often .... (3) Create simple follow-up systems and rely on them .... and (4) Resist taking back control." For more, visit Harvard Business Review .

"Managing Scope Creep in Agile Projects?" by Kevin Aguanno (2008). Although written from an agile workflow perspective, the Aguanno's points about scope creep and choice are relevant to every approach: Consider each item in the context of the bigger outcomes and choose consistently and continuously. For more, visit The Agile PM .

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