Make sure your priorities match your goals, and your goals reinforce your priorities. If something advances you towards a major goal, make that a priority over all the little things that come up in life, no matter how little that thing seems to be. If someone is important to you and your goals, make sure you show them that and make sure that they take priority over all of the other foolishness that other people will introduce into your life.
There is a reason why it’s called getting side tracked. Ultimately that reason is because the thing you are moving towards while on your side journey is something that has very little to do with your primary goal and as such, do little to advance you towards that goal. Unfortunately most of us spend as much as 70 percent of our day sidetracked by some very small project that means very little in the long run. The problem we seem to have is that we are able to adequately rationalize these side journeys to ourselves giving them meaning and value that they don’t really have. The reason this is even possible is because most of us don’t have a roadmap, and those of us that do don’t review them regularly.
A roadmap is simply a guide to where you want to be. You wouldn’t just leave your house and drive across the country to some place you have never been without first planning how to get there. Even after you get on the road you regularly check the route to make sure that you are on target. When you do get sidetracked, you quickly either make an adjustment or backtrack to get back to where you are supposed to be. But if it wasn’t for all the planning and the constant checking you wouldn’t notice that you had missed your destination by a couple hundred miles until it was too late. The same principle applies with life and goals.
If you have a dream job or business you want to start, do your homework. Figure out how to go about getting to where you want to be from where you currently are, and be honest about where you are. Check the plan frequently, weekly, monthly at the very least. Once you have your roadmap, make your priorities based off task that will progress you the furthest the fastest. Not to say that there won’t be emergency priorities that won’t take over for a time, but it shouldn’t be permanent unless your goals have shifted to something else and you have to reprioritize accordingly. Set your priorities accordingly without worry or concern for what others might say when comparing your priorities to theirs. It’s always nice to have someone that has made the journey giving you advice on different shortcuts and pitfalls that you might not know about, but don’t go changing your plans because every Joe and Jane have an opinion.
Which leads to the next point, although everyone deserves respect let’s be honest, there are some people that are more important than others when it comes to progressing you towards your goals. Make sure that the people that are going above and beyond to help you move along feel appreciated. That to should be a priority because no man is an island and nothing can be accomplished alone. These people aren’t always the people directly helping you though, it could be the significant other that takes care of the housework so you can focus, the relatives that assist emotionally or financially so that you can continue onward, the friends that won’t let you quit on your dream and are constantly uplifting you, it could even be the boss that you can’t stand working for that motivates you to do better so that you can get out from under them. Make sure you give those people the respect they are due, but be aware and observant, just because they are a benefit to you now doesn’t mean they can’t become a hindrance later.
These people and these task deserve and should get a top spot on your list of priorities because they are markers and gas for your car on the journey to where you want to be. Everything else that might come up should always be weighed against them and discarded if they fall short. People should be evaluated to determine if they are a detriment or a benefit and the same for you to them, are you a detriment or are you a benefit to them. If you or they are hindrances a decision has to be made, either make an adjustment in the relationship, or give the relationship a lower priority. But remember everyone deserves to be respected and every task deserves to be analyzed and felt out, if you are too rigid you could miss the turn that would save you hours, or you could miss the sign that tells you the bridge is out.