It’s been a couple weeks – I missed you! Sorry for the unexpected break in Friday Fuel emails!
I often talk about how our actions align win our priorities and over the last two weeks that has certainly been the case for me. The truth is Friday Fuel has not been a priority this month – work has been busy and when I’m not at work I’m trying to be present with my family. When I sat down and thought about what was most important right now, Friday Fuel dropped down in the list. I had to make the decision to not spend the time on Friday Fuel and focus on other things. At the end of the day I was okay with that decision.
With a schedule and to-do list pulling me in a few different directions I had to take a step back and break it down so I could make the best decisions about where to invest my time, energy and effort. Life can FEEL a whole lot less busy and overwhelming by simply taking the time to align your energy and actions with your priorities. When we are juggling a lot it is easy to get caught up in checking the boxes, getting everything done and trying to do it all. For me, it’s just not sustainable nor going to bring out my best work and self.
So here’s what I did, I broke my priorities up into two categories: the macro and the micro. The big picture versus the little things; the clouds versus the dirt. The macro aligns with my values or long term goals and the micro are the hourly/daily/weekly tasks that support the macro. The take home of all this: we cannot prioritize the daily micro things without having clarity on the macro.
Here are some questions I ask myself to figure out my macro priorities so that I can build out the micro priorities of each day:
- What do I value at work and in my personal life?
- What are my goals (personally or professionally) for the next 30 days, 90 days, 6-months and 12-months?
- What is most important and most urgent?
Once our priorities are clarified the decision making process is much easier. As things come up, you can use your values and goals to steer your response. Take the time to answer these questions and watch your to-do list come together and decision making become a whole lot easier.
Embrace the day!