Most of us have trouble making good decisions. We make lists in our heads, on paper, online. Then, we start working top down. Often, we don’t take the time to prioritize our list. Much of our effort is wasted; time spent working on the meaningless, instead of the meaningful.
If you sometimes find yourself there—join the club; it’s OK. Simply reframe your thinking! Make your list. Prioritize it. (I use the Pareto Principle, the 20/80 rule: 20% of what you do gives you 80% of your result!). If you’ve got 100 items on your list, pick your top 20. If you’ve got 50, pick 10. Got 20, pick 4. There’s your top 20%.
You’ve made your choices; you’ve decided. The more you do this, the better you’ll get. Prioritizing your list forces you to choose. Your choices provide you with targets, direction, goals and those choices establish your priorities.
Startling Stat!: One hour spent thinking and planning before doing saves you 5-10 hours of execution, minimum. Not to mention your reduced stress. If that statistic is anywhere close to correct, I’m using the process forever. I’ll get a better return…on my energy, my time, my life.
Think. Plan on paper. Prioritize. List management equals life management. Manage to excel!