Priorities is a foundation of Time Management. Without them, Procrastination, our most viciously hated enemy would not exist. When we procrastinate we are delaying more important activities to do lesser important activities like nothing, which honestly it feels good for a while. But then, the irony of ironies happens to us we feel tired from doing nothing all day. As Oscar Wilde said:
“It is awfully hard work doing nothing.”
So don’t work so hard, let’s try having priorities and doing something productive for a change. Before prescribing the medicine, let’s first do a successful diagnosis, (not like that ever stop a doctor from hurling a prescription). When your day starts at the office are you reacting to tasks and emails from others or are you creating your own? Reactiveness is the biggest symptom, and if your day starts by opening your inbox you better keep reading.
Doing What You Are Supposed To Equals To Less Money
Why is it wrong to open my inbox? What if there is an emergency? If there is an emergency, trust me on that you will find out, regardless of opening your inbox. The truth is that nobody on any job gets promoted for doing what they are supposed to do. That was not a typo. The ones who get ahead are the ones who do what they are supposed, but most importantly what they are not. Why should your annual raise be over 5% if you are just meeting your responsibilities? This means that your habit of opening the inbox first thing on the morning, or even worst, having it on your phone (God, that is truly unbearable), is stopping you from making more money. Do I have your attention? (Of Course I do, I just needed to hurt you where it hurts, your wallet).