The Need To Set Priorities

If you want to change the way you look at yourself and what you do by making a decision concerning your priorities,then you may need to consider the following suggestions:

Take Back Today

Have you ever noticed that the people who have nothing to do usually want to spend their time with you? Poet Carl Sandburg said, “Time is the most valuable coin in your life.You alone will determine how that coin will be spent.Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.”

Your greatest possesion is the twenty-four hours you have directly of you.How will you spend it? Will you give in to pressure or focus on priorities? Will you allow pointless e-mails,unimportant tasks,telemarketers, interruptions,and other distractions to consume your day?or will you take complete responsibility for how you spend your time,take control of the things you can,and make today yours? If you don’t decide how your day will be spent,someone else will.

Ask Yourself These Questions:

1.What Is required of me?

Any realistic assessment of priorities in any area of life must start with a realistic assessment of what a person must do. For you to be a good spouse or parent,what is required of you?To satisfy your employer,what must you do?When ordering priorities, always start with the requirement questions and give it careful thought before moving on to the next question.

2.What gives me the greatest return?As you progress in your career,you begin to discover that some activities yield a much higher return for the effort than others do.(Anyone who hasn’t discovered that isn’t progressing in his career) The next place to focus your attention is on those high-return activities.

3.What gives me greatest reward?

If you do only what you must and what is effective,you will be highly productive,but you may not be content. I think its also important to consider what gives you personal satisfaction. However,I find that some people want to start with the reward question and go no further than that. No one can be successful who doesn’t possess the discipline to take care of the first two areas before adding the third.

Stay In Your Strength Zone

People don’t pay for average.People don’t go looking for a mediocre restaurant and middling movie when they go out at night.Employers don’t award the contract to the saleman known as Mr Average. Finding your strength zone may take some time and exploration. If you don’t already have a good handle on your strengths,then you may want to explore some of these:

Trial and error: Nothing teaches you more than your successes and failures. You have got to take the risk of failing to find your successes.

Personality tests: Will help to clarify some of your natural inclinations and help to reveal some strengths and weaknesses you aren’t aware of.

Personal experience: You really get a feel for how well you do something by doing it repeatedly. Just remember this: Experience isn’t always the best teacher,evaluated experience is.

The counsel of others: Asking others to evaluate your effectiveness is not always fun,but it is always helpful. Be sure to choose people who don’t have an agenda-other than to help you.

If it’s important to you,you will find a way, if not, you will find an excuse.