‘The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.’
At some point we all wonder, ‘Why is it so impossible to get everything done?’ But the answer is simple: We are doing too many of the wrong things.
Several studies have shown that people never get more done by blindly working more hours on everything that comes up. Instead, they get more done when they follow careful plans that measure and track key priorities and milestones. So if you want to be more successful and less stressed, do not ask how to make something more efficient until you have first asked, ‘Do I need to do this at all?’
Simply being able to do something well does not make it the right thing to do. I think this is one of the most common problems with a lot of time management advice; too often productivity gurus focus on how to do things quickly, but the vast majority of things people do quickly should not be done at all.
If you think about it, it is actually kind of ironic that we complain we have so little time, and then we prioritise like time is infinite. So try to focus on what is truly important, and not much else
First thing in the morning, write down everything that needs to get done that day. Once you have everything down, separate the items into truly important vs. non important to determine the top priorities for that day.
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”