Distractions can tempt us every day. Other people have their own agendas for our time and attention. We might have the best intentions of working on our priorities, but other things get in the way. We may even become so ambitious that we create a long list of priorities, which means we don’t really have priorities, just a “to do” list.
You can eliminate distractions by aligning your priorities with the vision. In order to achieve the vision, the organization must be focused on it every step of the way. Other opportunities will show up, so evaluate them against the vision.
As you look at accomplishing your objectives, think about the most important things you need to focus on to make them happen. Then, keep them top of mind and let your team know those are your priorities. Everything else takes a back seat to those key priorities.
If something new comes up, ask yourself how it contributes to fulfilling your objectives. Emergency situations will happen, and you’ll find that solving those also contributes to your goals. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be urgent. To get where we want to go, we need to eliminate distractions and focus on our priorities.
EXECUTIVE LEADER ACTION PLAN
What are your top three priorities right now?
How will you stay focused on those priorities?
“If you have more than three priorities then you don’t have any.”
~ Jim Collins