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Priorities Give Us Focus


Have you ever found yourself wanting to do more with your life but things don’t go as planned? Take a moment to reflect and think about the things you do in an average day. Does your time allocation reflect the priority of your goals?

Most of us never even think about what we spend our time doing. We get up, we go to work, and we come home at the end of the day. We’re just going through the motions never really thinking about what we do or how we do it or even why we do it. It’s a bit more difficult to choose to do the important things if you have a lot on your plate. Instead of designing the life that you want, you end up living your life doing your work that you don’t want that could lead to disappointment or failure.

Setting your priorities is one of the best ways to become successful. Even if you’re a wealthy man or financially challenged, what you decide to do can say a lot about your priorities in life. It gives you focus and you should live it every day. In “Today Matters” by John Maxwell, my favorite line is “time is our precious commodity.” It’s true that we can spend all the money we want and lose it but if we lose time, it’s gone forever. Time is always moving forward and we can’t stop it. If we missed something, instead of thinking ‘what if’ or what could have been done, we should plan our time carefully and live our lives by priorities that we set for ourselves.

I’ve observed that most people want to do more with their life. They’ve been working so hard without knowing they’ve compromised something. A good example we are familiar with is a story of a business person working long hours at the office as his work demands so. He’s occupied with business meetings, swamped with work and other social gatherings. As a result, he comes home late and he rarely spends quality time with his family. Little did he know that he’s losing his relationship with his son. He missed his football game, school’s family day and so on. Pressures at work caused uncongenial atmosphere at home. That is when he realized what he’s missing. Then he started making a positive transition in his life concerning priorities and luckily, he learned to prioritize his family.

There will always be time to go to work and there’s always room for the things that are truly important. Working to provide comfort for your family is good. Too often we tend to forget to pay attention to the things that are critical to our well-being and our family. Instead of doing certain things all at once, delegate your tasks, evaluate your strength and focus on that. Make the transition to planning and act your priorities daily because your decision concerning priorities will positively impact you in the future.

Terry Miller
Terry Miller
Terry has spent over 20 years focused on business leadership and information technology. As an independent consultant, he enjoys working with a variety of customers to help them solve business problems using the Salesforce® platform. His ability to quickly identify bottlenecks and provide understandable solutions has gained him the trust of his customers. If you're looking for expert guidance on your next Salesforce® project, click here to contact Terry today.

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