Choose your focus by applying the law of selectivity in all you do but most importantly in how you spend your time.
To identify how best to use your time to achieve the outcomes of your day, your daily outcomes need to be prioritised and grouped into four categories: • Important and urgent • Important and non-urgent • Unimportant and urgent • Unimportant and non-urgent (distractions)
The time you allocate to your outcomes and goals will decide the level of stress or happiness you experience each day.
To successfully create a good day, I allocate45-55% of my time to my ‘important and non-urgent’ outcomes, 25% or less to my ‘important and urgent’ outcomes and my remaining time to the rest on my daily activities.
You might have noticed that I spend more time on my ‘important and non-urgent’ than my ‘important and urgent’ outcomes – there’s a good reason for that. Important outcomes should be a priority but urgency creates stress.
Most people believe that ‘important and urgent’ goals should be their priority and spend much of their time on outcomes in this category because they failed to plan in advance or are working without a plan, and so they often are in constant reaction to events.
Those who are stressed daily tend to spend 50% or more of their time on the ‘important and urgent’ outcomes, but to create a good day you should aim to have this number reduced so it is no greater than 35%. How can you do this? – by planning . Planning helps you eliminate urgency because it allows you to bring your future into the present so you are able to do something about it usually before it gets too late.
That’s how you design a good day and a great life
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