High Leverage Activities

Note to my future self…

Lately, I’ve been doing calendar audits to see how I am spending my time and how can I be both more efficient and more effective with my time. Part of my effort to be more efficient and effective with my time has been to focus on defining what are my high leverage activities and making sure that I am constantly increasing the leverage of those activities.

However, before I could actually define my high leverage activities I figured that I would need to understand how can you increase your leverage. I came across a great article, which does a good job at answering this question. In it the author says:

“Your leverage can only be increased in three ways:

  • Reducing the time it takes to complete a certain activity
  • Increasing the output of a particular activity
  • Changing your focus to higher-leverage activities”

The author then adds:

“These three ways naturally translate into three questions you can ask yourself about any activity you’re working on:

  • How can I complete this activity in a shorter amount of time?
  • How can I increase the value produced by this activity?
  • Is there something else that I could spend my time on that would produce more value?”

I think that this is a great framework to start thinking about high-leverage activities and what are ways in which we can improve our output. The next step for me is to do a daily calendar audit where I ask myself these questions to evaluate whether I have spent my time doing the highest leverage activities possible. Maybe these frequency level (daily) is too much but I think it’s better to add this to my daily routines and once I feel I have a good understanding of what’s going on I can move this exercise into my weekly reflections.

That’s it for now. I will introduce this into my daily routines and report back with any updates.

Now back to work…