Taking a leadership role means that you’re going to have to wrestle with a large number of competing priorities each and every day. You know that without fail people are going to be demanding your time and attention. You’re going to have huge demands placed on your time. You’re going to have to deal with a large number of competing priorities. You’re going to get sucked into far too many operational issues. You get the picture, a large part of your time is not your own!
This makes getting important things done really challenging. Unless you keep your focus on what’s important you’ll make little progress. You have a large number of things that need to get done and a limited amount of time in which to do them. Your challenge is to ensure that no matter what happens you’re able get the most important things done. A popular way to do this has been by keeping a to do list. This works, to an extent. The problem with your to do list is that it’s getting ever longer! On any given day you probably find yourself overwhelmed with hundreds of tasks you need to get done. To regain control of your to do list will require you to prioritise. Each day you have to decide what tasks, that no matter what have to get done.
Focus on Completing Only 3 of Your Most Important Tasks Each Day
A simple, yet powerful technique is to limit your to do list tasks for the day ahead. You do this by deliberately choosing to focus on what matters each day. There are two challenges you need to address when deciding what needs to get done for the day ahead.
Firstly you need to decide what’s most important and secondly you need to restrict the number of tasks to accomplice on any given day.
Taking charge of your to do list is a matter of deciding to focus on and complete the 3 most important tasks for that day. You’re making a commitment to complete these 3 tasks for the day no matter what else happens.
Every day figure out the 3 things that matter most, focus on completing these by the end of day. In this way you’re able to quickly take back control of your to do list. You find you get more done without feeling guilty about neglecting your other tasks. Try this approach for the next two weeks. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.