If you live in America, you may be wondering who Mark Forster is. Have you heard of David Allen? If you’ve been looking up time management, you will probably know that Allen is a well known guru in the United States. Mark Forster is simply his UK counterpart. He’s been around the time management circle for a long while, doing things like authoring books, maintaining a discussion forum on his website, giving lectures and using social media.
Many in time management circles will say that Mark Forster’s views may be considered a bit unorthodox. But this doesn’t mean they don’t work or are unnecessarily complicated. In Do it Tomorrow Mark Forster, you will get a good introduction to time management before he gets into the more practical side of things. If you’re new to time management, it will help you understand some of the key concepts behind it.
Mark Forster’s Time Management Principles
Every author who writes a book on time management will have some unique principles. In Do it Tomorrow Mark Forster, you will find seven of them.
- Establish a vision. This isn’t a unique concept, but your vision needs to be precise to have a positive impact. Visions that are too general will often just leave you feeling lost.
- Take things one at a time. This is quite simple to understand. Don’t spread out your efforts on too many things at the same time. Focus on a single item at a particular time.
- Little and often. We’re more efficient at working on large tasks if it’s done in small pieces.
- Set limits. In certain cases, establishing limits is necessary, even though our current society wants us to believe that there are “no boundaries”. These limits can be quite simple, such as setting how much time you want to devote to a task.
- Commitment versus interest. Making the distinction between those two is very important, as commitment is much stronger than just being interested in something.
- Maintain closed lists. This is a list of things that you can’t add anything more to until all the items on it are done.
- Reduce randomness. According to Mr. Forster, randomness can have a detrimental effect on time management and should be avoided whenever possible.
Are You Really Working?
One good point made in Do it Tomorrow Mark Forster is the difference between real work and busy work. He compares the two so you can easily spot the differences. For example, real work will advance your business, while doing busy work is simply avoiding doing what you need to move your business forward. If you want to work more efficiently, avoiding busy work is a must.
|Real work||Busy work|
|Advances your business or job||Avoids the work necessary for advancing you business or job|
|Consists of what you are paid for or what makes you money||Gets in the way of what you are paid for wor what makes you money|
|Impacts the bottom line positively||Has a negative effect on the bottom line|
|Uses your skils and knowledge to the full||Underuses your skills and knowledge|
|Takes you out of your comfort zone||Keeps you witihn your comfort zone|
|Only you can do it||Anyone can do it|
Real work vs. Busy work, according to Mark Forster
The Types of Lists
A concept that is presented by Mark Forster is that you should be working with two lists: the task diary and the will do list. In the task diary, you add your tasks for the day you will do them. The will do list is a generic template for work. Example of will do template:
- Morning coffe
- Read email
- Purge physical mail
- Answer voicemail
- Daily tasks/work
- Prepare next days work
The list above is just for illustrating the point.
I believe that Do it Tomorrow Mark Forster offers some unique insights on time management that anyone can enjoy, whether they are completely new to it or have already seen numerous pieces of time management advice.