Most of us are trying to do way too much.
I fight with myself almost daily because I have completely unrealistic assumptions about what I can accomplish in a day. It’s an irrational habit and a lesson I have to learn over and over again.
One of the things that helps me is prioritizing my scope. This involves looking at all the things I want to do, realizing that it would all be doable if I had a staff of sixteen people and accepting what I can actually do with my army of one.
Sometimes this means assessing how achievable my goals are. My American ‘can-do’ optimism is often (grudgingly) tempered by my husband’s pragmatic, German realism. As important as it is to have BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals), it’s also important to know what you can and can’t do with the resources (time, money) that you have.
It’s also worth noting the victory of reaching a goal is usually sweeter when we are in good health and have managed to keep our important relationships intact so that your husband, kids, friends and family are all there cheering you at the finish line.
Reaching a goal is usually sweeter when we are in good health and have managed to keep our important relationships intact.
Once you’ve defined your scope – the ‘What,’ the projects and activities that you need to complete to meet your goals – take a good hard look. Can you really get those things done? Are some of the projects ‘nice to haves?’ is everything really critical to meet your objectives?
If everything is a priority, nothing is a Priority.
What are the most valuable activities that will get the most bang for the buck? Is there any ‘busy work’ that you can you put off or out source? Think about your scope within the entire context of your life and the need for balance.
“Achievable goals,” my husband likes to remind me, “Are important because you need to build on successes to continue to make progress.” If you feel like you are constantly behind, you’re more likely to constantly berate yourself (and those around you) or even throw in the towel all together.
Chances are, most of us will have scope that we can de-prioritize.