You’ve been working 70 hours a week, you’re constantly on the go, and you still feel like you’re behind in your work. The problem may not be that you’re not working hard enough, but rather that you need to change your priorities.
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As Chris Kyle, creator of the Strikethru system, explains, that feeling of always being behind is more often due to muddled priorities and an inadequate productivity system, rather than simply not having enough time on your hands. If you’re taking on too much, or not spending enough time on the important things, you’re less likely to get them done when they need to be:
Most people think prioritising is arranging their to-dos in order of importance. They’re not wrong. But things start getting difficult when they try to rank their ever expanding list of to-dos. It’s nearly impossible.
But what if you broke your list into smaller, more focused lists. For example, a list for your latest side project, a list for your goals this year and a list for chores around the house. Then you went through your lists and picked whatever tasks took your fancy. And finally you reviewed these shortlisted tasks and ranked them so you knew what order to attack them the next day.
Spending a moderate amount of time prioritising the things you need to get done can save you a lot of trouble in the long run when you find your schedule becomes too chaotic. As a bonus, when you look at your list of priorities for a day, if you see that something is taking up too much of your time without enough benefit, you know what needs to be cut.