30 Seconds to Nail Your Priorities (Go!)

I received a lot of positive feedback on my post about making sure that you’re getting the right things done rather than trying to do it all.

Some readers—having never thought about it in those terms—found themselves stumped about exactly what their top priorities are.

Self-development coach Brian Tracy has noticed that when clients are given 30 seconds to brainstorm, the subconscious mind spits out a result as accurate as when they’re given 30 minutes or three hours. Take out a pad and paper and give it a shot!

In thirty seconds, write down your three most important goals in life.

He notes that most of the time, people will come up with one professional goal, one personal goal, and one health objective.

To further refine your list, Tracy suggests asking yourself what your three most important goals are within each of the following categories:

  • Business/career
  • Family/relationships
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Personal & professional development
  • Social and community

Determining what’s really important to you in each area and dedicating time each day to working towards those goals will not only get you there faster, but free up time for other pursuits. To circle back to Stephen Covey:

When people are crystal clear about the most important priorities…and prioritize their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.


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