Choosing the Most Important Thing
A challenge of living a life of abundance is needing to choose.
There’s far more things that you could do than you’d possibly have time for you to do them all.
So you need to choose: What is most important? To you?
Today, what is most important? What, for you, is the most important thing for you to accomplish today?
If you don’t choose, you end up being reactive, responding to other people and events, and then the day is gone and you haven’t accomplished what you consider important.
With so many choices, it can be hard to pick one as the most important.
A temptation is to make a list of important things, and imagine you’re working on them all.
Yet, in any given moment, you actually can only be working on one thing. Even if you’re “multitasking”, you’re still shifting your attention from one thing to another.
Even in your list of important things to accomplish, there’s still one that’s most important. To do first. To do now.
How can you tell what’s most important? How to choose?
A trick is: guess.
If you had to guess, which one do you think might be the most important, right now?
And pick one. As a guess.
And try it out.
Make your guess your most important thing. This is what you’ll do, today. This is what you’ll do, first. This is what you’ll accomplish now, despite other requests and demands for your attention.
And see how it goes.
Learning how to choose your most important thing is a skill. And you gain competence in a skill by practice.
Don’t worry if you’re not very good at first. It’s a new skill. Practice by doing. It will become easier and more natural with practice.
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