I recently went through a week of evaluating the previous year, asking myself searching questions, and then making my goals for 2016. All of this evaluating, questioning, and planning highlighted my biggest priorities.
I have some great goals in place for 2016. But if I’m not careful, I can let each day slip by without actually putting my most important priorities—what really matters to me—first. This would be tragic!
When I look back on a day and see that I just took care of the “urgent” and didn’t make time for my highest priorities, I always tend to feel like that day was a failure.
One thing that really works to redeem a day that didn’t quite start off on the right foot, is to pick a few (2-3) things that are my top priorities, write those on my to-do list, and then at least try to accomplish those. That way, even if everything on the list doesn’t happen (and it likely won’t!), at least the most important things were done, and that’s what really matters.
If you’re having difficulty figuring out what your highest priorities are, it’s helpful to ask yourself these two questions:
- “If I did NOTHING else today except ______, my day would be a success.”
- “What’s the most important thing I must accomplish today?”
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