We all know that we have too much to do. You don't need another lecture on getting a better handle on your lists, tasks and meetings.
The list to soooo long!
I get it. I feel that way too. I have training I want to develop for my audience. I have books I need to read to learn about certain concepts. I have clients to coach. I have training to prepare for. I also need to be doing the accounting, working on my social media marketing, blogging, etc. etc. etc.
There aren't enough hours in a day!
The problem is deciding what to drop.
We believe they are all important!
But you must narrow it down. Here's how...
That's right, there aren't enough hours to do it all! So how do you decide what to do?
You must mindfully decide.
1) Do if first thing
If you wait until other people start to impact your day, your hooped! It is so hard to come back, after you've stepped in. You know the feeling, I'll just take a bite of the chocolate bar. But before you know it there are only crumbs and you don't remember taking the second or third bite. The same is true in our days. My client said to me yesterday "I looked at the clock and it was already 2:00! Where did the day go?".
Decide 1st thing in the morning what your 3 key priorities are for that day.
You may do this while you are still at home. I suggest perhaps before you get out of your vehicle when you get to the office. Although, I had staff ready to talk some days before my door even opened. Standing in the parking lot having their morning smoke, they'd hove waiting for me to arrive. If that is true for you, you might find a time before that. Pull into an empty parking lot a few blocks away to gather your thoughts and your priorities.
3) Use your sixth sense
Simply write down the first 3 things that come up. Don't judge, evaluate or gage if that is really the right answer. Use your intuition. If you've done the mindful tip of taking two deep breaths first, your intuition will guide you with excellent accuracy.
3) Keep it simple
Don't go through your whole list and start to re-organize and re-evaluate every thing on it.
Stop, take a deep breath or two and let go of everything that happened before you got to this moment and everything that is going to happen after this moment.
Just be here.
Then ask yourself one question:
What are the top three things I must get done today?
Then make sure you do those 3 things, preferably before 11:00 am.
No if, and or buts about it!
Get more ideas of how to mindfully prioritize here
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