Too often we wonder about how to set our priorities and how to make the most of the time we have each day. There are top priorities, immediate objectives, and competing ones all at the same time. How can we make sense about what comes first?
Throughout my career and personal life, I have become ever more mindful about getting back to what matters most. That is because competing priorities and distractions sometimes keep me from staying on target. Like anyone, sometimes I get a cloudy perspective about what I was originally doing. Sometime urgent happens and I fall off course. Something unexpected comes up and suddenly I have only checked of one action item all week.
How can we stay focused on our priorities? Do we really need perpetual reminders?
The bottom line: Maintaining balance and a focus on key goals and objectives. To do that means staying true to my most important goals. Now this is easier said than done. Why? What can be done?
First, I take time to keep a checklist is one way. Another key is to surround myself with those who are likewise committed to achieving priorities rather than having a scatter-brained approach to life. Yet another strategy is to occasionally hit the reset button and just re-start where I am. There is nothing formal required other than a commitment and timeframe to some end goal. It’s that simple.
So, the next time you find yourself distracted or thinking you might need to re-boot your system pause and reflect about what you can do to reset your priorities. At the end of the day, you will be more relieved that you took time to his the reset button.