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My Pocket Psych: The Psychology of the Workplace

Jan 17, 2018

This is the second in a series of discussions about productivity in a demanding world. This time, Richard and Pilar turn their attention to how we can better prioritise the work that comes our way. 

Fundamentally, prioritisation helps us guide our attention - which is already limited! Without considering prioritisation, we simply end up doing the next thing that crosses our path - and this might not be helpful or appropriate at the time.

We walk through the ‘Eisenhower Matrix’ - a simple tool for identifying a task’s importance and urgency. 

Further reading:

A blog post on WorkLifePsych where you can see this matrix:

A video from Trello, also discussing the advantages of this approach to prioritisation:

About My Pocket Psych

My Pocket Psych is the podcast from WorkLifePsych. We hope you’ll finish each episode learning something interesting about how we think and behave at work, and feel motivated to make a personal change. Or share what you’ve learned with someone else.

Our goal in creating this podcast is to make the psychology of the workplace accessible and interesting, helping people move from merely surviving work to thriving at work. We want to demystify important concepts and give you, the listener, some practical insight you can apply in the real world. No nonsense, minimal technical jargon and a podcast you’ll want to come back to in the future.

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