“Every time I check something off the list, 10 more things get added on,” my dad likes to joke.
I finally understand. There’s too much to do and I’ll never get it all done. Not today. Not this week. Not in this lifetime.
If I can’t get it all done, then it’s ever more critical that I get the most important things done.
But it’s easy to lose perspective on what’s important when you’re busy putting fires out all the time.
One way to regain perspective is to set aside dedicated time to think.
With an overflowing to-do list, you can’t possibly sit and do nothing! But the busier you are, the more important it is to keep your focus in the right direction.
You must do this. Maybe all you can afford is 30 minutes a week. Or maybe one day each month or quarter. Whatever it is, set it aside and make it happen.
During this time, resist the urge to get something done. Sit with something to write on (paper or electronic) and just think.
Forget about the urgent stuff. Don’t think about your to-do list. Don’t worry about things you may be forgetting about.
Think about what you really want and where you really want to be.
Think of it as tuning your compass.