OK, I’m not going to write about time management again – I did that a couple of months ago and didn’t have time to blog for about 6 weeks after! Have I ever said “what you focus on is what grows”?
Oh yes, once or twice!
So priorities – they really can make the fundamental difference between success and failure. Sure, attitude is very important, having a good plan is up there too, a support network is vital. But if you can’t distinguish between what’s important and what is just noise then all the good intentions in the world will not get you anywhere.
We all have just 24 hours in the day and most of us need to average about 8 of them sleeping, so really we only have 16. But everyone has the same time, so the only thing that successful people have is a better idea of what’s really important.
But here’s the thing about what’s important – it can shift in a heartbeat! Sometimes you have to be able to drop everything to be with someone you love who needs you. Sometimes you have to be flexible enough to move things around when an unexpected opportunity comes up. Sometimes a nasty bug will floor you and you just have to surrender. Sometimes you think you know what’s important but when it comes to the crunch you realise you absolutely didn’t.
Its helpful to realise that the world will not end if you miss a deadline or change an appointment. For the most part the world will adjust itself and get on very nicely without you if you have to duck out for a time!
So perhaps flexibility is even more important than prioritising. Knowing when to be flexible and when to plough on, when to be the immovable object and when to bend like a willow. As always its self awareness that’s the key.
For me, my absolute priority is family and friends. When they need me everything else has to bend. No matter what.