The single biggest challenge in my life is wrestling daily with priorities – deciding each day what’s important. Just watch – after that statement someone will write something trite on my Facebook page like “Just make Jesus your priority and everything else will fall into place.” They’ll probably site Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” While that sounds noble, it’s not the same thing. Even after you’ve committed to living a life of faith, you still have to order your day-to-day choices. “Which project is more important?” “What problem should I deal with next?” “Should I answer email or call clients?” The list is endless, frustrating, and exhausting.
But it matters.
It matters because what we choose to deal with on a daily basis leads to what we accomplish in life. You daily schedule determines your chances of success. Far too many good people never accomplish much because they can’t decide what’s most important.
Think about it. Sit down today in a quiet moment with no phones ringing, and look at your task list, projects, and schedule. First – delete those that aren’t important, don’t line up with your values, or won’t lead to accomplishing your goals. As much as possible, get rid of the “busywork.” Then deal with what’s left. Rank them according to priority and start working from there.
To live a life that matters, we first have to decide what matters.