If You Don't Set Your Priorities for the Day, Someone Else Will
I'm amazed at how people overthink getting things done. I just heard from somebody, right, "I feel like I'm spinning my wheels, but at the end of the day, I'm not getting anything done. I'm on a treadmill and I'm going, going, going, but nothing's being accomplished." I know it seems complicated. I'm telling you, it is not complicated. It's a matter of setting priorities.
Each one of us are going to live based upon our priorities. This is why I tell you over and over again how you've got to set your priorities for the day. If you don't set your priorities for the day, someone else will. You've got to choose what is important, what are the urgent things that I do today. Now, sometimes you dictate those, sometimes it's your boss that dictates those, but you've got to know what they are. Otherwise, you're going to get to the end of the day and you are going to have run, run, run, run, run, and you're not going to get done what's important.
This is what's called eating the frog first. I know I talk about this a lot, but I still have people say, "Ryan, what do you mean, 'Eat the frog first'?" Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing every morning, that nothing worse is going to happen to you the rest of the day. In other words, how true is that? If ate a live frog this morning, everything is going to go better for me.
When we talk about eating the frog first, what I mean is you do the most difficult task first thing. You do the things that you really don't want to do, that you would otherwise procrastinate, you do at the beginning of the day, and then guess what? Everything gets easier.
When it comes to getting things done, I'm convinced it is way, way, way overthought. I'm for to-do lists, and I know there are websites, there are platforms that'll help you organize your tasks. I'm for team collaboration and base-camping things, and just figuring out how to better communicate. But at the end of the day, we overthink it way too much. I think it can be as simple as setting priorities and it can be as simple as choosing to eat the frog first. Don't do the easy things first. Do the most difficult things first. You do that, and you'll be amazed at how much stuff you really get done.
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