Most Important

For those that know me, you know, I love a good checklist. I have checklists, for checklists. A routine for the morning, a routine for sales call follow-ups, a routine for the close of the day — check, check, check.

Still I was not getting some key things done.  So doing what I always do, I stopped and asked WHY.

In my flurry of self-congratulating check, check, check, I realized that I was doing the simple things first vs the most important things. By choosing the simple things sure the list gets shorter and “look at me go, I am amazing” yet some days, the only real thing I needed to get done was left unchecked, and getting pushed to the next day.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know betterdo better.” — Maya Angelou

Ok, ok, now I understand. I know better. It’s not the number of checks, it’s prioritizing, the important things getting checked off. Duh!

To create a new habit, for the last two months, nearly every day, from 8:30 to 9am, I have done the “Most Important Thing of the Day”. Here’s a sampling:

  • Finish the contract revision
  • Make a welcome home card
  • Enter new sales leads in CRM
  • Organize incorporation documents
  • Create a grocery list for the birthday party
  • Call (insert important person’s name here) about (insert important task here)

The point is not the task itself. What’s critical is the focus – think, decide and act on one single item to create your best life every dang day. Eliminate everything that you spend your time on during the 30 “most important thing” minutes – until “most important thing” is complete.

Each night before I go to bed, I think about and write down the most important thing I need to complete the next morning.

My checklist is one item. I prioritize success – and I focus each morning when I am most sharp on doing the most important thing well, and first.

It has been a real game-changer. I feel more accomplished during the day because something, that was probably nagging me is done.

So I challenge you to try this hack. Prioritize.

Wishing you a day of one important check, followed of course by check, check, check. What was my most important thing today? This blog post. Check. xo

Be Your Own JoyMaster.

One thought on “Most Important

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s