Stuff comes up and it looks like it’s on fire! But is that new task or thing keeping you from doing the most important work that helps you reach your goals?
You do your best to prioritize (hopefully) your day to make sure you focus on what matters most and not to get trapped in easy, busy, distracting, unimportant work.
Even with the best intentions, things come up that might cause you to leap to a new task that is completely unrelated to the planned priorities for the day. How often is this you?
Are you frustrated after realizing that you didn’t get more important work done? You shouldn’t feel bad about it IF it was actually more important to jump to something else.
When something “urgent” pops up…Would you be afraid to tell your accountability partner what you changed your focus to?
You don’t need to feel bad about it if you really should change focuses though!
Decide if You Should Change Your Priority Focus
- Evaluate if it’s urgent.
- Is this more important than what was planned for today?
- Ask yourself about your current priority task: Is it hard, not planned, too easy, are you tired, etc…?
- Then decide if it’s really more important and if it should replace a priority already set for the day.
- Get to it. Whichever action you decided is more important.
Let that empower you to work on what matters most without feeling like your not doing enough!
Didn’t set your priorities for the day?
Accountability accelerates your performance. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.