As we go through our busy days we are pulled in many directions. Deciding what actually priorities are, isn’t as easy as it sounds. Is it working on the project plan for your team/boss/self? Is it attending another meeting? Is it making time to exercise or getting to your child’s concert on time? Is it choosing to answer the phone or the emails? It is truly hard to decide.
Interestingly enough, the word DECIDE comes from the Latin word decidere, which literally means to cut off (from de- + caedere to cut). When you decide to do one thing you are CUTTING OFF the opportunity to do something else. No wonder this is difficult!
To help you DECIDE what your priorities are, I recommend creating a filter list. Run your options through the filter and see which items are big enough to not fall through. Here is the criteria I use for my “Must Do Today” filter:
If I don’t do it today: