Do you recognize a priority when you see one? In this fast-paced age of technology, it can be easy to view everything on your to-do-list as a priority; needing your immediate attention.
The reality is that while everything you have to do doesn’t have to be done today, your ability to consistently identify, sort out, and address priorities can directly impact your career – and your life.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be more relaxed than others?
- The corporate leader who easily smiles and readily leans back in his or her chair during staff meetings
- The doctor with a personable bedside manner, unfazed by interruptions from pagers and staff
- The manager who calmly listens to complaints, inviting input for solutions from those expressing concerns
- The public speaker who speaks with confidence as though sharing with friends and family members
People who appear this at ease in busy environments are focused and in the moment. They have made this moment, this place, this group or individual their absolute priority. Consequently, they are able to easily impact, influence, and inspire others – making a difference and inviting greater success.
How Priorities Empower You
Your ability to discern and organize true priorities within your life and work empowers you to manage and achieve better end results. Even more importantly, defining daily priorities allows you to engage with others more reasonably and compassionately.
In other words, managing your time well provides you more time for managing what really matters – how you make others feel when they are around you.
Real success is not measured merely by outcomes. Measurable success occurs when you make a difference in the lives of others by being your BEST self in any given moment. For a true measure of personal success, let your priority be this:
“Am I conducting myself in such a way that, no matter what the outcome is, I can be proud of and at peace with myself?” Jessica Dolce
First Things First
Those busy professionals (who make each day look easy) have learned to prioritize. If you’re not sure where to begin, ask yourself how the tasks at hand might impact, influence, or inspire:
- Investing in your life, your relationships, and your career
- Opportunities for yourself, others
- Contributing to others, valuing others
- Necessary change for growth
No matter where you are in your career, no matter where you are starting from, you can begin NOW to prioritize and create a more relaxed environment for yourself and others in the workplace. Your experience, your skills, gifts, and knowledge – even your generous behavior – are all gifts that you can give to others on your way to enjoying what really matters to you.