The main thing is to keep the main thing

While I was explaining my fabulous approach to goal setting to my 15 year old daughter.

Her response was a nice smack in the head.

“I just make list and put the most important thing at the top and then the next thing and then the next.  After that, I just go through my list until I’m too tired to do anything else.”

Ahh, thank you for that two-by-four to the head.

The approach within the approach

While my daughter’s approach is sound, it is best applied within the system that I outlined last week. That system is designed to make sure that things get done and that progress gets made.

BUT, it is a system designed to CREATE your to-do list not necessarily to tell you what to do on that list.

Keeping the main thing, the main thing or prioritizing your “order” for the day and then approaching that serially is very important.

Many days, I will list working for an hour on my novel as one of the top things that I need to do, but never quite get to it because I was so busy doing the six small things that I never got around to the “main thing” of my writing.

Another aspect, then, is this

It is not enough to make lists, it is important to make a commitment that you will get things done each day in order to make progress.

A commitment that rather than veg in front of the TV or play Desktop Defender or stalk your high school friends on Facebook, you will sit down and write the blog entry or make the difficult phone call.

Winning isn’t easy. Meeting your goals isn’t easy.

If it was, we’d collectively weigh about 20 lbs less, have $5000 less debt, and watch 10 hours less of TV per week.

So get off the couch, get off of Facebook, and get to work on that list.

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One Response to The main thing is to keep the main thing

  1. Mark Ostby says:

    I wrote on my blog for the first time in five months this morning. Now off to trim some bushes.

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