It is never been easier to stay perpetually busy, while never get anything done. The default state that most of us live in nowadays is simply responding to whatever is right in front of us or screaming the loudest.
We’re on “the urgent treadmill.”
- Respond to emails.
- Respond to texts.
- Respond to Instagram DMs, Facebook messages, Twitter DMs, etc.
- Attend meetings and calls.
- More phone calls.
- Etc. Etc. Etc.
Sound familiar? Before you know it, you’ve spent your entire week putting out fires, responding to emails and attending meetings. You have virtually nothing to show for it except maybe sleep deprivation.
Prioritizing urgent tasks can even feel good in the moment. You’re living fully in reactive mode. It can even be an ego boost. It feels good to feel needed or counted upon. Plus, responding in real-time comes with a healthy dose of instant gratification especially around checking and responding to social media.
On the contrary, the most important tasks are almost never the urgent ones. These are the tasks that tie back to your mission, vision or long term goals. They require you to think deeply, get uncomfortable and do the hard work.
So how do you learn to put aside the urgent and make time for the important work? That’s the theme for this month’s newsletter.
- The average person spends almost 6 hours every day on email. Imagine how much important work you could do if you cut that time by even one hour every day.
- Start small. Commit to a daily writing habit of even 100 words every day. Even a small habit will compound to big results with enough time.
- How many meetings, calls or tasks have you rescheduled or pushed the deadline back for this month? Here’s the lesser-known reason why this is a bad habit and how to stop doing it cold turkey.
- Focus on your own shit. It is never been easier to compare yourself to others, obsess over your competition or get stressed about things you have little to no control over. The reality is when you do that, you are robbing yourself of being able to do your best work.
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