In my experience coaching people, there have been two simple questions that helps to guide people on how to use their time.
I encourage you to write these down. Pull out a piece of paper, right now, and a big marker and write these down and then post it right next to your desk.
#1 Is this the most valuable use of my time right now?
When confronted with that question, it’s usually not a difficult answer. Honestly, you know. You will know if you’re wasting time because the question is geared to you. Is this the most valuable use of time right now? By asking yourself this question, answering honestly and adjusting your focus when necessary will keep you on track.
In case there is any doubt if what you are doing right now is the best use of your time, ask yourself the second questions, which is:
#2 Is what I’m doing, right now, moving me closer to my goals?
For those of us who have goals, this question is very pointed. Again, you know if what you are doing is moving you closer to your goals. This helps you to weed out the things that waste your time. Sometimes we have projects that we believe need to get done, and honestly, they’re not that important in terms of the goals and directions that we want for our career and life.
Putting these questions in front of you and periodically checking in with yourself will keep you on track. It will keep you moving in the direction of hitting your goals and achieving the things you want in your life.
Is this the most valuable use of my time right now?
Is what I’m doing moving me closer to my goals?
Simple questions. Keep it simple. Move forward. Create solutions.
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