The one question you should ask yourself continuously is, “What should I be doing right now that’d be the most effective use of this moment?”
The ability to know what’s essential and what’s not is the key to successful time management.
Throughout your day, ask, “What’s my priority?” This question takes many forms, but its premise is simple enough:
- What action can you take now? What question can you ask? What opportunity or problem shall you engage in?
- What is the one activity that could drive you the most significant results? What decision could have the most significant impact on your priorities?
- Should you do this task, delegate it, or say ‘no’? What is the most expeditious way to do this task? Is this time-effective?
Ask these questions—and answer them honestly. Adjust your actions and seek better outcomes. Don’t get bogged down by activities that don’t contribute to your values and priorities.
Idea for Impact: Envision a better now. Be conscious about time. It’s your most valuable commodity. Don’t get unduly busy at trivial things while there are essential things you should be working on.