There is always enough time, yet we often feel we’ve run out of day before we’ve run out of ‘to do things’ – which in part is why someone invented the phrase, ‘well, there is always tomorrow’. And there is. A lot like the farmer whose crop failed saying, ‘well, there is always next year’. And there is a next year but that’s cold comfort if you’ve blown it this year …
Many years ago – not on the same day, these things rolled into my consciousness thanks to someone who told me, sold me or just let me watch them:
take one thing at a time, wring it dry – don’t let it go until it is done; then move to the next thing and next until everything is done
when done with a piece of paper, memo, letter – whatever it is you are addressing, when you are done tear it up and throw it away (obviously someone who didn’t have filing cabinet)
focus, laser like. Don’t let anything distract because this thing you are focused on is so important everything else should wait. If you are focusing on something that isn’t that important, you’re clearly focused on the wrong things
For some reason I’ve waited until recently to finally ‘get it’ – there incredibly important elements underscore everything I do, every day I work and every element of my life.
Priority setting is always challenging – triage, separate the important and urgent from the unimportant and urgent. Lots of things beg for our attention but shouldn’t necessarily get it (exceptions are young children and dogs with legs crossed and needing to pee).