Are you getting the most important thing done each day? If so, you are undoubtedly destined for greatness.
As simple as it sounds, this is the single biggest difference I have seen between those who are successful and those who are most successful. The super-high achievers are the ones who are focused on the most important activity every day.
Let's be clear — some days it will be a real grind to get it done. However, the people who do make the commitment get rewarded for it.
If you are already doing this at a high level, let’s take it one step further. Having consistency with a prioritized activity is the number one way to control success at work and in your personal life. For example, professionally speaking, my #1 most important activity is to write for 30 minutes each day, five days per week. My #1 most important activity in my personal life is to do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily, six days per week.
If you are already succeeding at getting your #1 most important activity done in one priority area of your life (e.g., work), the challenge for you is to begin getting it done in a second priority area of life (e.g., health).
If you are having trouble with consistency, here are a three tips on how to improve:
- Block: Set aside time in your calendar to get it done. Don’t worry about selecting the perfect time, but rather choose the time that will be easiest for you to focus on the activity. Put a reminder on the time-block so you don’t forget.
- Talk: Tell someone else that you are making the commitment to getting the activity done. Letting a friend, colleague, or family member know that you intend to get serious will make you think twice about breaking the commitment.
- Reward: Set a reward in motion so that if you nail the most important activity for an entire week you will give yourself a small reward. Remember, that which goes unrewarded, eventually exits your life.
Don’t complicate this whole success thing. It’s not about being perfect or getting it all done. It is most definitely about the consistency of prioritized activity. Get your #1 most important thing done each day, no excuse, and you will love the results.