The great thing about living in today’s world is that we live in a world of abundance.
There’s a never-ending array of choices and possibilities. It’s easy to come up with exciting projects to start. Ideas to follow-through and bring to fruition. Connections and collaborations with interesting and smart people.
The challenging thing about living in today’s world is that we live in a world of abundance.
Because with all these ever-increasing options, there is one thing that remains as limited as ever. Time.
We still have the same 24 hours, seven days a week as we’ve always had. The same amount of time that our great grandfathers had when there was half the number of shiny objects to grab our attention.
In today’s option-filled world, the practice of prioritizing (and healthy elimination) is a good habit to cultivate.
Figuring Out What’s Worth Your Time
So, how do you know if this particular shiny object right in front of you is worth giving some of your precious 24 hours?
How do you guard against being distracted by interesting projects that can take you away from your goal?
My list of projects is ambitiously long. I look at them and sigh in dismay because I know—if I were honest with myself—that I’d never have enough time to engage in all these activities. I need to choose which ones matter most.
As they say, what we say ‘no’ to is equally (if not more) important as what we say ‘yes’ to.
I use the following questions to help me decided whether a new opportunity, idea or project is worth adding to my list:
Does it scare you?
Would the person-you-want-to-be go for it?
Is it in line with your goals?
Will you be proud of yourself if you did it?
Will you regret it if you don’t?
I find these questions guide me to the right—though not always easy—answer for me.
Do you have something that you’re considering at the moment? Try these questions out. Do share whether your answers help you make a decision you’re happy with.