1. Switching to priority management isn't hard, but it takes discipline to execute.
2. The first step is to make a list of your priorities. By figuring out what's important versus what's urgent, you can figure out how to pursue and complete your dreams.
After 7.5 hours of sleep, a woman wakes five minutes before her 5:30 a.m. alarm. She takes a few deep breaths, stretches, sits up in bed and says an affirmation: “This is going to be a great day!”
She heads down to the living room for 15 minutes of power yoga. Body active and mind calm, she then makes a morning smoothie of almond milk, berries, vegetarian protein powder and coconut, with extra to take in a thermos. She drinks some hot water and lemon and fills a second thermos.
After showering and dressing, she and her husband put together healthy lunches for herself and the family with organic tofu and tempeh, loads of vegetables, and nuts and berries for snacks. She kisses her family goodbye and heads to work at 7:15 am.
In the car on the way to work, she listens to a podcast from one of her favorite thought leaders. She drinks her water and lemon to rehydrate after her morning yoga workout.
At her desk by 8 a.m., she replenishes her nutrients by sipping on the rest of her smoothie as she prepares for the most important task she has to do today – her presentation. She is clear headed and notices how tired and frazzled everyone looks as they race into the office.
Having worked for 90 minutes on her most important task and feeling well prepared for this presentation, she takes 20 minutes to clear her email inbox. She then plans the afternoon to make sure it is organized based on priority of tasks.
At 10:30 a.m., she goes for a brisk 15-minute walk, drinks the rest of her water and picks up an espresso. She reviews her presentation as she sips her caffeine shot and then delivers it with energy and confidence.
Before heading out to lunch, she eats the berries and nuts she brought with her. At lunch, she drinks water, skips the bread, and enjoys a large mixed vegetable salad with a double order of organic salmon. She finishes with a green tea.
After lunch, she goes for a quick 10-minute walk and then takes the stairs to her office. Brain supercharged on neurotransmitters generated by the protein she ate at lunch and the quick bout of exercise, she attacks her prioritized task list before heading home.
In the car, she listens to a great concert and takes a few deep breaths to let the day go. At home, she engages with her kids and husband. After dinner, homework and getting the kids to bed, she and her husband read for a bit before turning off the light at 10 p.m. They quickly fall deeply asleep.
Does this sound like a different approach to work? It’s not hard, but it takes discipline to execute. She has energy. She’s getting healthier every day. Yesterday’s exhausted guy thinks he’s working super hard when in fact he’s spinning his wheels. He’ll be the one draining the company benefits plan with medical problems. He’ll be the one whose kids one day wonder where their dad was as they were growing up. You don’t have to live like that.
We need to work and live differently. I want to help you create a high performance, health improving, energy creating, and happiness enhancing day. Remember the 1% gains principle. Try to be 1% better each day. In three months, you’ll be 100% better and in a year you’ll be 365% better!
Today's POWER-UP: You can design your day
We’re working on what’s important versus what’s urgent, so we can figure out how to pursue and complete our dreams. Sorting priorities is a huge part of what’s needed to get there.
In your workbook, complete Steps #2 and #3. Completing this work will help you to see what’s most important to you and how you see yourself in those roles.
Enjoy yourself as you complete the steps! Think about who you are now and what you want to change. Appreciate all that you do, and reflect on where you are headed.
Remember to be clear about your priorities so you can act on them.