1. Shortcut tasks others can do better than you can

Consider tasks that others can do more effectively or efficiently than you can. First prize is to get others to do these things for you. Second prize is to find ways to do them more efficiently yourself. Either way, don’t keep doing these tasks the way you have been doing them. They are distractions from what’s more important.

2. Shortcut administrative tasks

Consider the things you must do to comply with non-value-creating requirements from your boss, auditors, the government or that ancient policy or procedure that no one remembered to cancel when it went out of date. In any case, while you probably do have to get these things done, there’s no value in doing them better than expected. Take advantage of any and all shortcuts here.

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