I envision everyone reading this nodding and raising their hand. I face this challenge pretty much every day, being a highly motivated, goal-oriented professional. Many of us, are also juggling virtual school for our kids, and working from home during COVID-19.
Too often we compile a ridiculous list of things we want to accomplish in the day, the week, the quarter, and the year. We then look at this list and balance the emotions of excitement and overwhelming stress.
Here’s the reality:
If you often feel like you don’t have enough time, it means you don’t have clear enough priorities.
I heard Tim Ferriss say something to this effect on one of his podcasts, and it immediately summarized the dilemma with such clarity.
If I’m being honest, I do feel I do a better than average job of setting priorities and saying “no” to the less important things. But I am nowhere as effective as I would like to be in this area.
The above mindset has really forced me to think about my “to-do’s” each day. Am I doing THE most important things first? Am I setting myself up for failure by setting TOO many goals for 2020?
It comes back to this question: What ONE thing if accomplished, would have the biggest impact on my work/life/finances?
Using this as a filter really helps me gain greater clarity on my priorities…daily, weekly, and yearly.
What tips do YOU have? What works for you?