People often tell me that I am lucky, but I like to think that I create my own luck. I believe I am good at rolling the dice because I am clear about what I want my life to look like. Sometimes my vision becomes a little blurred, and it is no coincidence that during these times my luck seems to run out. But in the main, I am clear about my goals and objectives, and this is why I seem to move a lot faster than other people I know. Having clarity is one of the most important things to have when you want to understand what your priorities are.
Clarity affords focus – Thomas Leonard
In my last blog post Learning to Prioritise I said I would share my process for determining priorities and here it is:
Step 1: Decide What You Want?
In my blog posts, What Do You Want Out of Life? and The Bucket List I wrote about the importance of understanding what it is you want. Please go back and read these posts because one of the main reasons people waste time working on the wrong things is because they simply don’t know what they want in the first place.
Step 2: Write it Down
To help you get greater clarity on what it is you want, you are going to have to write your thoughts down on paper. Seeing them with your own eyes creates a sense of realism that sometimes gets lost in an overactive mind. When you are transferring your thoughts onto paper you are creating goals. You can read The Breakthrough Goal to learn a little bit more about how I used this process.
Step 3: Empty Your Mind
In a nutshell, the process of emptying your mind is to break down each goal into bite size pieces of activity. Again writing these process steps down, or mind mapping, is incredibly important in order to retain clarity.
Step 4: Create Your To Do List
Once you have all of your actions it is time to place them all into a To Do List. Your sequential order is irrelevant at this time, just focus on getting all of the actions into one place.
Step 5: Create Your M.O.N.E.Y List
This is the final piece of the jigsaw, the end of the process that started with a thought and ends with tangibility. But…just like the ending of a great movie I am going to let you stew just for one more night, because this part of the process deserves 500 words all on it’s own.
Do you often find yourself working on unimportant tasks? Why do you think you do that?
As I have previously written, the inspiration behind the blog posts that cover personal continuous improvement all stem from The Thinking Journal blog post. This blog post is part of my process of personal continuous improvement hence its place on the Needy Helper.
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