One of my clients introduced me to the concept of "LHF" - low hanging fruit. When he's feeling overwhelmed by all of the things on his To Do list, he tackles his LHF first.
Low hanging fruit are the menial tasks on
your to do list that require little effort and minimal time.
Here’s an example of my LHF on a typical day…
- Respond to 3 important emails
- Pay a bill
- Call to make an appointment
- Update facebook pages
- Reserve a table for a meal with friends this weekend
- Order something from Amazon.com
- Make a grocery list
- Quickly scan and update my To Do list -> Pick the highest priority task to focus my energy on when I’m ready to tackle the list again
How to make LHF work for you...
- LHF is great for low energy moments, like the end of a long day, or days when you don’t have a ton of time.
- Boost your morale, by giving you that feeling of accomplishment and completion.
- Include items in your personal life that are important – make that dentist appointment, get your oil changed. (You know taking care of yourself and your needs is critical - don’t neglect yourself.)
- Lump all your LHF tasks together. It seems counter intuitive, but if you stopped to answer every email when you received it, you’d never leave the house. Don’t let LHF divert your attention from bigger priorities.
- Schedule time for addressing LHF. I typically spend 1-2 early mornings each week addressing all of my LHF. For me, these are moments of calm over a cup of tea before my crazy day begins.
A Word of Caution…
Low Hanging Fruit can be an effective strategy, but for many LHF is camouflaged procrastination. How often do you keep pushing that big, dreaded task to the end of the list – pushing it off ‘til tomorrow? Read about Eating Frogs for Breakfast.