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23. Prioritizing prioritization with Harry Max

In this episode, Asim sits down with Harry Max, an executive player-coach, consultant, and hands-on product design leader with vision and a solid grasp on operations. His experience includes being a founder/CEO, operational leader, and consultant with start-ups, innovators, and global brands, including Apple, Adobe, DreamWorks, Google, and PayPal. They discuss ways to make prioritization a habit, why Harry’s Morning Boot Routine is so effective, and the fruits of proper prioritization.

[00:00] Introduction

[01:40] Who is Harry Max?

[03:00] Why Harry Chose to Write a Book on Prioritization

[04:28] How to Make Prioritization a Habit

[07:44] The Expected Outcome of Proper Prioritization

[09:29] Why Prioritization is Important in an Organization

[11:45] Steps You Can Take Today to Become Better at Prioritizing

[13:34] Examples of People Prioritizing Effectively

[15:53] The Morning Boot Routine

[19:37] Prioritization Hygiene and the Cost of Delay

[21:21] Why Some People Fail at Prioritizing

[23:45] The Benefits of Having an Accountability Partner

[25:26] Parting Thoughts

How to Make Prioritization a Habit

We all know prioritization is important. The challenge is when people think of prioritizing, they immediately confuse it with personal productivity or time management. The easiest way to differentiate between the three is to remember that prioritization is not a one-and-done event. It’s an ongoing process that demands regular updates and adjustments. As your tasks and deadlines change, so should your priorities.

Making prioritization a habit is a matter of discipline and mindset. Firstly, it’s important to understand what matters most to you and what you want to achieve in the short and long term. This can be done by developing a daily routine that includes time for reviewing tasks and adjusting priorities as necessary. It’s also important to avoid distractions and focus on the task at hand. Always prioritize your highest-priority work around your most productive and high-energy hours. You are more likely to complete high-priority items when you have the most energy and focus.

Links and Resources

Harry’s LinkedIn

Metamax.com

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