Moving Day, Part 2 – Have You Checked Your Priorities Lately?

by | Nov 17, 2016 | Blog Series, Change, Decision-making, Leadership, Perspective, Planning, Priorities | 0 comments

Going through documents and files you haven’t looked at for two years is a powerful reminder that priorities change. Things that used to be important (often) no longer are. The last time I moved, I saw files I’d kept because I thought (at the time) “…I definitely want to hang on to this.”

And that’s exactly what happened. I hung on to it. It never did anything; it never influenced thought, created a new opportunity or impacted strategy. It was never leveraged for anything, except collecting dust.

“And Your Point Is…?”

We could be so much more effective if we could be aware of how easily the grind and pull of life can distract from keeping our compass pointed toward our priorities.

So What?

I read recently about a leader who starts off each new year by reviewing his calendar from the previous year, identifying where he devoted his time to things that didn’t return value or result in outcomes that supported his priorities. Powerful.

But not as powerful as the next step: He created a Not-To-Do list, and regularly checked it against his calendar to make sure he wasn’t drifting into low-priority activities.

We could be so much more effective if we could be aware of how easily the grind and pull of life can distract from keeping our compass pointed toward our priorities.

What do you really want to focus on in the near term? When you consider where to devote your time and energy, consider (in no particular order):

  • What is expected of me by customers or those depending on me?
  • Where do I want to end up? And what can I do now that will take me there?
  • What aligns with my values: Who I am, what I know to be true and what will keep my conscience clear?
  • What will return the greatest value?
  • What am I/we really good at?
  • What can I realistically accomplish (based on my limitations)?
  • If I choose to do [ INSERT TOPIC ], what will I have to stop doing—and can I accept that?
  • If I choose to do [ INSERT TOPIC ], what will it allow me to do that I otherwise couldn’t?
  • What can I delegate, give away or get rid of to free up time and energy to focus on [ INSERT TOPIC ]?
  • What do I really want to do? Does [ INSERT TOPIC ] energize me or suck the life out of me?

The Big Picture

One of the most powerful leadership behaviors is being crystal clear on what to avoid spending time and energy on.

So, in your world—today—what would you put at the top of your list?

One of the most powerful leadership behaviors is being crystal clear on what to avoid spending time and energy on.

 

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