What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? If you are like over 85% of North Americans, you check your smartphone for e-mails and social media updates.
As much as that might have you feeling on the edge of information to start your day, you have likely just begun the vicious cycle of reaction, overwhelm and your very own version of Groundhog Day. There are endless tasks and interruptions in e-mail and social media alone, God forbid anyone actually calls you, to keep you chasing your tail better than your dog Spot.
At the end of the day, what have you accomplished? Likely no more than feeling you kept your head above water and stayed one reply in front of your next e-mail. How much of that business REALLY mattered? Really? The truth is 90% of what you spent your day doing and your mind dizzy with didn’t add up to squat. If you are truly interested in getting ahead, you are going to be setting your task list for tomorrow, TODAY!
Before you leave the office while everything is fresh in your mind, write down 3-5 key activities you are going to focus on rather than the shit-show of technology you liked to call productivity. The more tangible the items on your list, the better. We all like the high of crossing an item off the list so make it doable by breaking larger projects down. The key is to create your daily task list from your greater vision. What are you aiming for in the future, your vision and dreams?
Focus your time on those long-term projects and stay away from the short-sighted reactions that day after day, only serve to keep you stuck in average. It’s time to change your mind about what is truly important and make the shift to awesome!
Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your experience about working in the short-term or keeping your eye on the prize and focusing on the long-term. If you are looking for a coach to help you create an engaging vision, and tasks lists that actually matter and move you forward, contact me now to set up your FREE consultation.