“The main thing Is to keep the main thing the main thing.” ~ Stephen Covey
Keeping on the rails is so hard when our brain loves to pull us to distractions. It’s not only the distractions, but we are barraged by other people’s demands and priorities continually.
The main thing to do can easily get buried or rationalized away.
I keep checklists to stay focused. Those things will get done. The timing and energy are part of what makes the main thing the main thing. If I’m low on mental bandwidth, I take care of physical actions to move around. If I feel energized, I will tackle that big hard task which requires long mental focus.
Part of the challenge is to pay attention and decide on what the right thing is to do at any given time in context.
What is your highest contribution?
How can you get things off your plate that get in the way of contributing?
What are things you can do to make executing easier?
Sometimes knowing what matters most comes from getting away and seeing things from afar. Other times, you have to work a bit and get in the details to appreciate what you are not seeing.
It’s wasteful to be working on the wrong things. A bunch of busyness with no impact, result or contribution kills opportunity. You can’t get those hours back.
We have this luxury of choice that starts with the right thought, translated into the right action, at the right time. Make your work count.