Successful people focus on their priorities. In other words, they focus on time management. Time is the most precious commodity humans have. It passes at the same rate for everyone, and once it is gone it can never be retrieved. There is no way to control time, only what one does with it. No one can do everything. In fact, choosing to spend time doing only one thing in particular forces a person to let go of the rest. The way people spend their time turns out to be the way they spend their life, and priorities help them choose wisely.
The first step in selecting priorities in any area of life is to thoughtfully address the following questions:
1. What is required? What must a person do to be a good parent, for example, or to keep a specific job?
2. What gives the greatest return, that is, the greatest result for the effort?
3. What gives the greatest reward? A person who works efficiently to meet requirements will be productive but not necessarily happy.
Many people make the mistake of starting with the question of reward. It takes discipline to handle the first two questions first. Additionally, people who identify their strengths and arrange to work from those areas generally do better. Personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs Personality test are helpful in identifying areas of strength.
Managing priorities requires daily assessment, since each day’s demands are different. Write out a plan and stick to it. I also think that a person should delegate whenever possible, and invest in surrounding themselves with the right people daily.
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