It’s a matter of perspective.
Step 1 – List Your Priorities
List your priorities by doing the following:
- Make a list of everything you have to do;
- Group the list into three areas (family, friends, work);
- Allocate high, medium and low against each item in each of the three areas.
Tip: if you are having trouble compiling the list, talk it over with your partner, colleague or friend. Sometimes this alone puts things in perspective and takes the pressure off.
Step 2 – Say Goodbye To The Low Priorities
Remove the low priorities from your lists:
- A low priority is something that you would like to do, but not need to do, and therefore becomes a distraction;
- Low priorities are about letting go – giving yourself permission to not do something (and possibly something that you will never, ever do);
- By removing low priorities from your list, you will start to reduce the “noise” and pressure.
Comment: removing items from your list and giving yourself permission to do so, takes practice.
Step 3 – Apply the 80/20 Rule
With the remaining high and medium priorities work out which ones will return the most value. Do this by asking yourself the following questions:
- Which high/medium priorities take up the most time?
- Is the time required regarding these priorities worth your effort?
- If the answer to 2 is yes, then focus on these items and remove the rest from your list. If the answer is no, remove these items from your list.
The items that remain are the ones that deserve your time. You will also have peace of mind because the competing noise and distracting thoughts are no longer there.