If you’re like me, you’ve spent a considerable amount of time focusing on the wrong things in your life. It’s not a very good feeling. You work so hard and get so little benefit from your actions.
To focus on the right things, you need to escape day-to-day mode. You have to take a higher-level view of your situation. Be a bird up in the sky looking down. What are the tasks in your life that actually move the needle? Which tasks get you closer to your goals? Those are the ones you want to focus on.
Gee thanks, Jordan. As if I didn’t already know that?
I know, I know. But that’s often where people stop. It’s not enough to know what to do; you must also develop the systems to do what you’ve identified.
Try this simple framework:
- Make a list of all the things you want to get done for a particular area of your life.
- Analyze the list and separate the wrong things from the right things. Remember, the wrong things seem urgent but don’t actually move you forward. The right things have real, long-term impact.
- COMMIT to the right things. This is the hard part. It requires a proven system to get your right things done. If you’re a calendar person, schedule time for the right things in your calendar. If you’re a daily-schedule person, make sure you have one or two right things in your daily plan every day. You know yourself best. Do what makes the most sense for you.
Some may call this a simplified approach to life, but it’s the simple stuff that will get you through. Simplicity is flexible. It withstands the inevitable storms.
Because the storms, they will arrive. You don’t want to create yet another storm by focusing on only the wrong things in life.
Get your ship through the clouds.
Focus on the right things.
My goal with The Mental Health Update has always been to bring you accessible, meaningful mental health information. Your feedback has helped me refine this approach. I’m very grateful for your time and support.