This is part 4 of a 4-part series designed to help you be more in touch with your energy levels and the various ways to manage it.
When you’re starting the day and prepping your to-do list, how do you organize it?
How do you decide what’s important? And are you actually doing the effective work that pays off in the long run?
If you’re constantly putting out fires (meaning: imminent deadlines, last minute problems caused by lack of planning, or simply unforeseeable accidents), you’re neglecting other tasks that will most likely grow into new fires themselves…
It’s like a snowball effect. Sounds like it’s a cycle we can’t break out from, right?
Wrong. The good news is: it doesn’t have to be if you don’t let it.
Fires usually start because we fail to distinguish what’s truly important from what’s merely urgent.
Urgent is not necessarily important and important is not necessarily urgent.
The biggest question you should ask yourself is: What is my end goal? My priority?
After establishing that, grab your big pile of to-dos and triage them:
- Is this truly urgent? And if so, urgent for who? (did a bird just try to take your water from you?)
- Is this really important? For who? Does it serve my main goal?
The next step is going to be hard: drop the tasks that are not serving your purpose.
Seriously. Let them fall. Not doing things won’t bring the doomsday upon you. It will actually save you a lot of stress and pain in the long run.
If you can’t let them fall, how much of it can you delegate? Ask for help? Postpone?
When you put out fires, your bucket ends up empty and mistreated. When you water the seeds you planted, you end up with the most beautiful garden that gives you shade and food.
Focus your energy. The long run pays off.