Work Space or the physical items that are around you. How well are you using that physical space that you have? A gathering point is a place to gather unprocessed items. Typical gathering points include piles of paper, stack of bills, drawers stuff of miscellaneous items, even email inboxes, voicemail inboxes, and receipts stuffed in your pocket – all of these are considered gathering points.
Your Mind is not a gathering point. A mind filled with to dos and action items is constantly in a state of switching. This is terribly inefficient, very stressful, and a recipe for lots of mistakes. This will allow you to better focus throughout your day on the tasks at hand and not distract yourself
The third and final principle deals with Time itself. In particular, focusing your time on that which is most valuable. There’re many ideas and opportunities that compete for your time daily. Those who are most productive have mastered the skill of making conscious choices about where they will focus their time. They’ve also become skilled at creating boundaries that protect their attention.
This begins with identifying your MVAs (Most Valuable Activity). And then creating a budget to spend time in those most valuable activities. It also includes under-spending time to make sure you never go over budget. By under-spending you’ll actually get more done, have less stressed. and paradoxically have more time.
Focus on your most valuable activities and under-spend time. By mastering the trifecta of space, mind and time, you’ll find your self better prepared to study more productive and focused.