WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES – Every time we think that we are busy, we think that we are achieving things. We are busy checking and replying to emails. How about being busy with our daily tasks at school or at work? We think we are busy with attending multiple meetings the entire day. Or how about those that are doing regular household chores like cleaning or the laundry? There’s a lot of things that keep us busy. But busyness doesn’t necessarily mean productivity.
Let me explain here.
Activity is not necessarily an accomplishment. Checking your email and responding to all messages is a task. People confuse fulfilling responsibilities and tasks as being productive. Prioritizing requires the ability to think ahead, knowing what is important, knowing what is next in line, and to see how it is all relative to the overall vision that you have.
There are 3 questions you need to answer to know what are your priorities.
1. WHAT IS NEEDED? – What do you need to do that nobody can or should do for you? If you don’t do it, will somebody else do it?
2. WHICH ONE WILL BE GIVE THE MOST VALUE? – This one requires you to work the areas where you have the greatest strength FIRST. Ask yourself if there is something that you’re doing that someone else can do at least 80% as well as you do? If yes, then delegate it if you can afford it.
3. WHICH ONE WILL BRING THE GREATEST REWARD? – What energizes you and keeps you passionate every day? We live on borrowed time, so prioritize things that you love the most.
I wake up each day thinking of taking care of what makes me grow the most physically (working out & drinking water), emotionally (meditation & affirmations) and education (reading books).
Here’s how I do it.
I try to avoid getting stuck in time wasters like picking up my phone during the first and last 2 hours of my day. What are my top 3 priorities? I would say that my priorities are improving myself, time with my family and doing things that I’m passionate about.
Furthermore, I don’t see myself doing work that I don’t like to do or something that I won’t be able to provide any value for. I would have been saying different priorities to you here years back to be honest. What was important to me was way different to what I just mentioned to you. Picking up my phone every time I felt an email notification or social media notification and replying to them was being productive for me.
So what are your priorities each day? But before you answer it, give importance to the things that pass those 3 questions that I told you here. It’s all about return and the rewards.