What are your priorities for the next week? Where will you be focusing your attention and how will you be spending your time?
Hold those thoughts.
Now fast-forward to your life in ten years' time. What will your life look like?
- where are you living?
- what car are you driving?
- what work are you doing – promoted, CEO of your own business or have you retired?
- how do you spend your leisure time?
Make sure that you have a clear vision in your mind of your future life.
Now return to the present and think again about what you will be doing next week.
Are you prioritising the actions that will move you towards where you want to be in ten years?
Are you investing in:
- your personal brand
- your network
- the skills that you need to move to the next level – commercial, communication, leadership
- becoming your best self – emotional intelligence, effective thinking, resilience …
If you're like most people, there's a good chance that these 'Important, But Not Urgent' activities have become neglected. There's deadlines to hit and plenty to occupy your mind in the present. And, as I stress in other articles, performing at your best in any activity requires intensity and focusing solely on the task at hand.
So, it's understandable that we lose sight of the 'Big Picture'.
That's why I believe it is important to schedule regular 'review and plan' sessions. And by schedule, I mean literally block out a chunk of time (I recommend a couple of hours) in your diary so that you can reconnect with your vision.
In the session, track back from your vision, highlighting the key milestones along the way – for instance, gaining experience in a particular area. Then identify the actions you will take in the coming days and weeks that help you to achieve your vision – and again, schedule specific blocks of time for these actions in your diary.
Don't let short-term productivity cost you your future!
Or, the 3rd Habit of Highly Effective People:
"Start with the end in mind"