Making priorities a priority

I’ve spent the last two hours doing business planning and improving my structure, with the help of the intensely practical book The Accidental Creative. (I am following my own advice to DO THE MOTHERFUCKING EXERCISES. Who knew, it makes a difference! Oh wait, I knew. That’s why I give that advice. But it’s easy to forget.)

I had one Sledgehammer of Obviousness hit me between the eyes as I did this:

You can’t truly manage your priorities until they all live in the same place.

I don’t know about you, but I have a salad bar approach to systems. Especially systems for self-management. I tend to pick a wee bit here, and a bite of that, with a side of that other thing. Except this analogy isn’t perfect, because in a salad bar you put every bit of food on the same plate, and with systems I tend to put one in my pocket and another on my desk and a third in a spreadsheet and a fourth in my calendar and then I wonder why they don’t work together too well.

I’m a slow learner, not a no learner.

Now I have a Monday morning meeting to bring all of those priorities together, and get them to harmonise. Everything from upcoming projects to Date Night with The Dude – sounds like a bouffant 50s album – is going to be organised at the same time.

(So that I don’t, say, suggest we go out after a day with four hours of intense client sessions and then wonder why I cancel due to extreme poopedness. For example.)

From now on it’s all going to live on the same plate. I suspect this will make a dramatic improvement over time in my success at Getting Shit Done. I’ll let you know.

How about you? Do your priorities lead separate lives? Have you found ways to get them to play together? Tell us in the comments!

photo by: R/DV/RS

8 thoughts on “Making priorities a priority

  1. I use the one general system, but it’s sort of subdivided into two lots; one at work, one at home. So far there hasn’t been much need for overlap.

    Still, the work one gets managed more often, simply as it’s easier to see te individual units of action and knock them over.

  2. I think I usually have the salad bar thing going, but this week I tried to do what you did and get it all together. Put the work stuff next to the social stuff next to the house stuff so I knew what had to happen and when or when it would be more ideal to do certain things. The catch is to not forget about the plan after a couple of days. πŸ™‚

  3. It seems very universe-listening-in that you and I conferred about this on my behalf this afternoon, then here you are talking about it for yourself, just minutes later. It must be what we are all meant to do!

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