Important vs. Urgent: What’s Your Choice?

Stop for a moment to answer the following question: Looking at the life choices you have made so far in 2015, were they largely a reflection of what you had predefined as important to you? Or were they triggered by the urgent demands from somebody else’s priorities?\r\n\r\nThe “default mode” for most of us seems to favor assigning our time to urgent tasks that require our immediate attention, such as reading and answering emails as they arrive in our inbox (constantly syphoning our time and attention from more important tasks), being pulled into “emergency meetings” (to address problems that could have been prevented), etc. The risk with this approach is that these urgent activities may not be relevant to you.\r\n\r\nWhat if we adjusted our default mode and assigned most of our time to important  but not urgent tasks, and also planned our activities better so they do not become urgent? Try the following three steps:\r\n

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  1.  Step1: Become 100 percent accountable for the decisions you make (and not make) in your life. Commit to defining what is most important in your life, then commit to making your life decisions based on the results.
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  3. Step 2: Develop and record in writing your personal mission statement. Fast forward to a distant point in your future and visualize the kind of life you wish to have. Rewind to the present to identify the important choices you need to make  today to make your dreams come true. Examples include: What values do you want to live by? Which relationships are the ones that count the most in your life? What will professional success look like, and what are you willing to sacrifice (or not) to achieve it?
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  5. Step 3: Live your life priorities 24/7. Adopt a system to first plan, and then live, the important priorities you defined in Step 1. Allocate the early hours of the day to these priorities and ensure you move forward on your agenda. Otherwise it can easily get swallowed by the urgent demands from work and your other life roles.
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\r\nRemember, the important choices in your life are solely up to you. You can choose to act on them or not.\r\n\r\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from the American author Stephen R. Covey: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Business Consultant, Meeting Facilitator and Professional Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting\r\n\r\n PS1: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code MU5Z7NLM.\r\n\r\nPS2: Use this link to ask questions, request topics you would like to see in future issues or review previous ones.\r\n\r\nPS3: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues.

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