Steve Sampson

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Get your priorities right — 8 July 2015

Get your priorities right

I haven’t posted for a little while now, one of the main reasons is that I’ve just been so busy with work having recently been promoted. Because I am now in more of a management / leadership role, I felt the need to try and improve in those areas, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading and attending a lot of courses. One of the themes I’ve learned more about is time management and maintaining a good work-life balance. I thought I was fairly good at maintaining a good balance until today. Today, I didn’t have a great day and I realised that it could have been attributed to how I have been prioritising tasks and activities in my life.

I’ve always considered myself one of those people who loves being busy. I think that is true to an extent. However, today I realised I got to the stage I had become overloaded and was sacrificing in areas I couldn’t sustain. Today’s blog post is all about making sure you have your priorities right. It’s quite easy to categorise your tasks:

  1. Things you want to do and need to do
  2. Things you don’t want to do but need to do
  3. Things you want to do but don’t need to do
  4. Things you don’t want to do and don’t need to do

Once you’ve established a list, it’s a little easier to prioritise. Items 1 and 2 are unavoidable. Whether you like it or not, you gotta do them! Don’t let item 3 get in the way – sometimes there are things we really want to do, but just don’t need to do, so don’t get distracted. And finally, if there are things you don’t want to do and don’t need to do, don’t do them!

So, go to the gym, eat properly, sleep well, drink plenty of water. Do less hours in the office but spend the hours you are in office more wisely, delegate tasks you don’t need to do or maybe even scrap them completely!

I’ve taken tomorrow off from work. I’m going to have a decent breakfast, put some laundry on, do the dishes, go to the gym, read a new book, go for a swim (or maybe just sunbathe), eat a decent lunch, hang out with some friends, I might go to gymnastics and I’m  definitely going to have an easily night. How are you going to prioritise your Thursday?

If you’re interested in the book I was referring to, read The On-Time On-The On-Time On-Target Manager Manager by Ken Blanchard and Steve Gottry.