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KEY POINTS:

1. In today's society, we think we need to work harder, put in more hours, and get less sleep to be successful. However, this is leading to us to become sick, die from lifestyle-related diseases, and be unhappy. 

2. Remember that more isn’t better - better is better.

3. The key is shifting from time management to priority management. Time management is living by your calendar. Priority management is getting the most important things you need to do every day done.

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Achieving your dreams means knowing the difference between “important” and “urgent,” because that allows you to set the right priorities and allocate your time and resources well.

Here’s the difference:

  • Important activities have an outcome that leads to us achieving our goals, whether these are professional or personal.

  • Urgent activities demand immediate attention, and are usually associated with achieving someone else's goals. They are often the ones we concentrate on and they demand attention because the consequences of not dealing with them are immediate.

The key is to switch (and help your employees switch) from doing time management to priority management.  

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One way you can better manage your priorities is to list all of your roles and responsibilities and rank them from most to least important. Then make sure that on a daily basis, you are allocating specific time during the time of day when your energy levels are highest to work on your highest priority tasks in a completely undistracted manner. If you can do this consistently over a period, you will make tremendous progress toward achieving your dreams.

Also, be prepared to defend your dedicated on-task time. Do not be afraid to communicate your commitment to your priorities to the people around you and keep these decisions in mind as you go about your daily life. Encourage your employees to do the same thing.

To do this, you might have to break away from the belief that you have to respond to every email, voice mail, text message, and so forth, on the same day you receive it. Some messages can go unanswered; others should be blocked entirely. If you are spending too much time fielding unsolicited messages, block, unsubscribe, or delete—do whatever you have to do to keep such distractions from stealing your time.

Corporations are infamous for bogging down in a range of urgent or seemingly important issues that aren’t actually adding value. By helping your teams shift from time management (living by the calendar) to priority management (doing the most important things well), you can create a wave of focus and wellness.