Once we know what priorities of life and work are Important, Not Urgent, it’s logical to want to devote our attention to them. It is January and it’s tempting to scheme a wondrous New Year when we’ll be forever-more inspired to keep “first things first” in our minds and our behavior. In our minds we know how hard it is to keep our behavior inspired.
Why is there a disconnect at all? Why don’t we simply work to get what we want? What distracts us? There’s competition for our attention. When we’re planning our resolutions, the priorities are obvious and the path seems clear. It’s in the moment, while we walk the path, that obstacles appear: old habits, other people’s demands, and other people’s expectations.
This week, look for conflicting priorities. Resolving them is not the goal here–that’s up to you. No shame, no blame–we all have conflict and inconsistency. Just notice.
Photo credit: The Couch Surfing CEO in an excellent post, “How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Get Your Stuff Done” by Bradley Gauthier.