It’s easy to get caught up in other peoples’ business when you’re inundated with status updates from work and texts from your friends and family. It’s part of why staying focused on your priorities is much more difficult today.
Strategic prioritization is a habit you can develop. Start by limiting your email/social media/internet use. I’m not suggesting you stop, just be judicious. Instead of checking nine times during the work day, limit yourself to five check-ins. Your goal is moderation.
When you start your day, write down the three things you want to accomplish by end of day. When you’re tempted to check email, look at your list and decide if an email check is critical or whether it’s just a habit—or perhaps an avoidance technique.
Ask yourself whether you’d rather focus on what’s happening in your life or pay attention to what others are doing. Stay conscious of the choices you’re making in order to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.
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