Succeed – Day 5 – Time to break things down into marvelous simplicity
Yesterday we discussed the quick brainstorm to get clear on what you will do this week.
Now we will get laser FOCUSED on prioritizing our day with small, simple priorities.
“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” – Amelia Barr
So, how can you effectively prioritize your entire day in less than 2 minutes??
It’s really easy if you are clear on your BIG PURPOSE (worthy goal) and if you have written down the major steps you will take toward that purpose this week.
That’s why the ‘TAL Priorities’ Sheet is so powerful…
…It keeps your objectives clearly written in front of you all week long.
The 1-page priority tracker is the simple tool that has been helping me for years to win each week.
It will also help you, by keeping you on track, accountable, and clear on your next steps.
All of this produces energy.
It’s quite remarkable actually how much energy and power can come from a simple piece of paper when you combine it with your mind and your pen.
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” – Robert H. Schuller
And remember, planning without action is not preparation. Small action is the final key to ‘unspectacular preparation’.
So…what’s the actual process for Powerful Prioritization in less than 2 minutes??
Just ask this one Small-Focus question about each of the highest priorities from the top of your sheet: “What’s my NEXT STEP right now?”
Some things at the top of your sheet don’t need to be worked on today….
…Just focus in…what is the highest priority today?
Write that in your #1 priority slot for today.
Then ask yourself, “Once I finish that, what’s my next step?” and write it down.
These priorities should be small, actionable tasks, as discussed in Day 2.
I usually start with 3-4 priorities I am 100% certain I can accomplish today.
If you have any question as to whether you have time to get to one priority you’re about to write…don’t write it on your sheet yet!
It’s important to only write what you absolutely can do.
When in doubt, leave it out!!
You can always add more steps when you finish your priorities…
…but you can’t erase the small feeling of failure if you commit to one thing and don’t do it.
Throughout the day, you can always come back to that question: “What’s my ONE Thing right now?”
If you’ve knocked out your priorities and you still have time, write another one then.
One note: when writing your ONE NEXT STEP, it can be tempting to write down a ‘MULTI-STEP’ or large task and call it one step.
DON’T DO IT.
Writing multi-step priorities will set you up for failure.
Your TOP priority should be ONE THING and one thing ONLY.
It’s impossible to focus on more than one thing, & attempting it is tiring on your mind and will de-energize you.
The next step should also be SMALL…if it will take more than 30 minutes it’s probably too big.
BREAK IT DOWN INTO SMALLER STEPS.
Remember to set yourself up to win!
BIG VISIONS are WONDERFUL!
But they DON’T belong on your daily priority list.
Daily priorities are best as super small, clear-cut, actionable tasks.
“The way to get the most out of your work and your life is to go as small as possible. Most people think just the opposite. They think big success is time consuming and complicated. As a result, their calendars and to-do lists become overloaded and overwhelming.”
“Success starts to feel out of reach, so they settle for less. Unaware that big success comes when we do a few things well, they get lost trying to do too much and in the end accomplish too little.” – Gary Keller
This is the most crucial thing to remember when writing your daily priorities.
Keep them small! Specific! Actionable!
And remember to ask this throughout the day: “What’s my ONE Thing right now?”
That powerful question would serve you well if it were written on a note in front of you all the time.
And another reason small priorities are so important?
“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” – Peter Marshall
Which is probably why Arthur Conan Doyle said: “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
Make Today Amazing!