Part 4 of 4
Priorities and sticking to them is about staying focused and intending to stay on course through the day. See the blog on intention and where you your attention goes. There is a saying where attention goes, energy flows. In the dog world, all of us owners know and can predict the next action by looking at the focus of our pet. If they’re turning their head looking at the squirrel… they will follow the squirrel. Their action follows their focus.
During our day, things can come up: The kids need an unanticipated pick-up, the boss needs a new project completed, a meeting has just been called, an employee needs help, we get a stomach flu, our day goes sideways, or we open the internet to log in for “just a minute” only to find out an hour has passed.
I’m learning to plan down time during my day and week to accommodate for the unexpected. If I need it, I’ve got it and if I don’t well, I am now ahead. I’ve also learned to prioritize my tasks. Priority tasks are the action items that get the results… those are the 20% of what we do that yields 80% results. Make the priority list the night before so you wake up with it ready for you in the morning. Do those items first, and then work on lower action items. Chunking down the list to 3-5 items usually works best. Move forward what was not completed to the next day. Work on your highest priorities first thing. Discipline yourself to not engage in the lower action items until after the high priority tasks are done.
In the example I shared of training for the half marathon, I found when I ran first thing in the morning, I got it done. I saved myself time in not taking a second shower for the day by running later on, and when other things came up during the day, I could get into them without worry about carving out training time.
I find my high energy times provide the greatest creativity and performance so I keep my highest priorities scheduled then.
So there you have it… a few things to ponder… let me know what works for you…
What would it take for you to consider moving from your state of stuck (SOS)?
Can you move from your SOS?