What are your priorities this week?
While everything may feel like a priority, challenge yourself to identify the three most important ones, that if completed or advanced, would make you extremely happy.
Try this: Time travel to the end of the week. It’s Friday. You had an absolutely great week because you executed on the three most important items on your to-do list. I call these my BIG ROCKS!
What are your BIG ROCKS this week?
Block time to focus on your biggest and most important rocks first. There is a reason they are a priority. Don’t let the smaller stuff take precedent.
Are you struggling to determine what your Big Rocks are? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people find themselves trying to endlessly react to everything. My advice: Don’t go it alone.
It’s easy to give up and think “it’s all important,” but that’s not true. Everything is NOT a priority.
Tell your boss that you need their help. Ask them what is most important this week? What three things do they care about most? One of the primary responsibilities of any manager is to help their team understand what’s important, what’s not, and what they should be working on. Including your boss in the process ensures alignment, and going forward, will help you learn more about what they expect.
If your priorities involve other people, like family, friends, and coworkers—talk to them. Ask them what they need and when. Ask for their input regarding the order of what should come first, and if they can lend a hand on a specific task.
Imagine ending the week feeling a level of accomplishment you haven’t felt in a long time.
Schedule time (right now) to work on your BIG ROCKS—this week, and then schedule your other priorities.