Priorities

11 Jan

It’s perplexing to think about how long we allow troubling or frustrating tasks to linger in our lives. Especially big tasks and hard work that needs to be done.

Instead of prioritizing our work and doing the most important things now, we choose to:

  • Confuse email grazing with productivity.
  • Do work we’d never label important like cutting fingernails, organizing magazines or checking tire pressure.
  • Stare at nothing for long periods of time.
  • Convince ourselves we’ll be able to commit more time to it later – so we put it off again.

Yet, the whole time, we’re thinking about that big monkey on our back that is the project that needs extra attention, the book that needs read, the exercise that needs to be done, the phone call that needs to be made or the conversation that needs to be had.

All work benefits when the focus is on what is important first, then the rest.

Whatever you call it or however you do it, focus on the most important things now. There will always be more work to do.

We have a great discussion about these principles in session 2 of the Housley Principled Leadership Program currently offered at Texas State University. Let us know if you want the program brought to your campus by leaving a comment!

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