Time Changes What’s Important


Time Changes Whats Important

“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” — Stephen R. Covey

One of the main reasons To Do lists, backlogs, and lists of all the things you need to get done rots over time is because time changes what’s important.

That’s a good thing.

Because time changes what’s important, it’s a do a reset and a re-think on what your next best thing to do is.  Before you just grab things from your lists or from your backlog, ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Is this still relevant?
  2. Is this still important?
  3. Is this my next best thing to do?

This is a quick way to step back and take a look from the balcony.  By asking if this is still relevant or still important, you can let things slough off and free yourself up for doing stuff that matters.  Letting stuff slough off makes space for the great stuff.

By asking if this is your next best thing to do you’re asking a question about windows of opportunity.   It’s true that a stitch in time saves nine, and you really can miss the boat for some things.  By paying attention to your windows of opportunity, you can get time on your side.

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  1. This is a terrific reminder that everything is fluid. It pays to stay in the moment and not get caught up in just ticking off a list for the list’s sake. Thank you!

  2. @ Sandra — Life sure is fluid.

    When I was younger, I thought I could prepare for everything up front, then be set for life … happily ever after style. That’s like trying to eat so much one day, you never have to eat again … it just doesn’t work like that. I had to learn to prepare “on the fly” as I go, while learning and responding to what’s important now based on the emerging landscape in front of me.

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