When I was staying in the Philippines this year as the guest of Vince Perez at El Nido Eco-Resort (in exchange for doing several speaking engagements to the other guests), Vince and I had several lengthy conversations about the secret of his success.
In his varied career, he has been a banker, politician (Energy Minister), entrepreneur, sailor, and chairman of WWF-Philippines, as well as co-chair of the resort and CEO of a renewable power company called Altenergy. He is obviously a man who knows how to Get Things Done (also the name of David Allen’s book and brand).
He gave me an interesting insight into how he manages his life, which I’ve found very helpful so I hope he won’t mind me passing it along here.
He told me that he thinks of his life as consisting of 3 buckets. For example, maybe family, business, and environment.
If he is asked to do something that doesn’t fall within his 3 buckets, he says no. It might be something really worthwhile, but he knows he can only give due focus and attention to a limited number of things. So the buckets get overriding priority.
Sometimes the buckets start overflowing. He is still focusing on the things that are important to him, but he has just taken on too much. Then it is time for a purge. He will look at each bucket in turn, and figure out which of its contents are the most important to him. Anything else has to be taken out of the bucket.
Like all of us, Vince has only 24 hours in the day. But he uses them well.
Looking at the other day’s goalsetting pie chart, it would appear that I currently have 7 buckets. Hmmm…. time for a rethink – or some serious delegation.
I’m interested – what would be your top 3 buckets? If you don’t mind sharing, please post a comment and let me know!
Some Christmas reading for you. I agreed to write a piece for Tycoons Venture without knowing quite what I was getting myself into. Joseph Richter sent me some of the most soul-searching questions that I’ve ever seen. It forced me to really look within and go far beyond copy-and-paste from my FAQs page. Read the full article here.