“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
I’ve been guilty of this one more than a few times. Doing a great job on something, spending time getting it right, but it not being the most important use of my time or energy. Why does this happen?
Focusing on the things that matter means you have to be highly intentional at taking the time to understand the problem and thinking through what the most important or impactful solution will be. Where should the effort be focused? Sometimes you identify the right thing, but the situation and environment changes and the initiative or effort should be dropped. That can be hard to do, but it is critical if you want to make real progress.
Create a daily discipline of asking yourself “what is the most important thing for me to be spending my time on today?” Ideally this should link back to your most important goals, or the “big rocks” as Dr. Stephen Covey calls them. Otherwise, it is so easy to get off track because we are doing something that is fun or that we particularly enjoy…