Where can you find the magic at work today?
Some people say that setting priorities is very simple – it’s a yes or no. Yes, focus on this task now. No, not now (defer) or ever (discard). However, in today’s current environment deciding which of these labels to put on your to do list in a given day or week can be more complex than at first blush.
What is the balance point of priorities shifting because of an environment in flux and not getting traction in getting stuff done because the priorities change too frequently? I call this fluid priorities. This is where you want to put a stake in the ground to move things forward but you also need to be vigilant and nimble to shift if you need to, constantly discerning if what you are working on is still relevant: the most important, not just the most urgent.
We are navigating a constantly wired environment where we can too easily be in an addiction mode of responding to the latest email, text, tweet or Facebook or Linkedin post. Where are you in control of responding to a changed priority versus reacting to an urgent request that may not be your agenda but someone else’s?
This week’s reflection question: How do you stay grounded – – stay focused on the task at hand yet also aware of changing needs – so you can discern and adapt accordingly – all this while staying sane and ensuring you are getting the stuff done that matters?
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