Do you feel like you do so much in a day but never really feel like you accomplish anything? When it comes to the end of the day, you look back and feel exhausted but really can’t remember what you did all day. Dozens of errands, returning calls or emails that didn’t really get to a final answer, going through a stack of mail that got you off track with an unexpected surprise (and not a good surprise). These are all things that are pointing to the fact that you are not scheduling your priorities, you are scheduling your to-do’s.
There is a quote by a leadership authority, Stephen Covey, that says “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen Covey was the author of the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and in this book he talks about ways to make sure that you are living an intentional life by concentrating on the right things. Today I was reminded how important it is to do the things that need to get done on a day-to-day basis, but to ALSO schedule time to get ahead on your priorities.
In a recent post http://designingforplenty.com/give-yourself-time-to-solve-the-problem/ we talked about the fact that 80% of New Year Resolutions fail by the 2nd week in February. Often time that is because we don’t give ourselves the proper time to make forward progress toward our goals. I found myself slipping too, and thought this is crazy, and it was about time to schedule some calendar events with some hard deadlines to make my focus clear. Surprising how hard this is when real life gets in the way…doctor appointment here, 40+ hour work week there, classes, homework, social obligations a zillion things demanding our time. Well, it was time for me to buckle down and put pen to paper and make time for my priorities and I have to tell you that just taking that first action step was feeling pretty darn good!
I try to set my schedule to accomplish 3 things a day http://designingforplenty.com/complete-3-things-a-day/ which is a manageable number of things to complete in a day (I can always schedule more if I have a fantastically energetic day!) I decided that this week I was going to schedule one of my priorities on 2 days during the week. So tomorrow and Saturday I plan on making a deadline on 2 of my writing goals. That leaves plenty of time to do the other to-do goals that I need to get accomplished this week and still have time to do something good for myself.
What can you prioritize in your schedule this week to get you big goals moving forward again? Please feel free to share in the comments section below so we can all help to cheer you on.
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