Have you ever had so much on your “to-do” list that you didn’t know where to begin? If we are honest, we’ve all been there more than we’d like to admit. The point of this post is to provoke the reader to begin developing a strategy to clear out the never ending task list.

Hank organizes things by priority. This helps him focus on the important things first. Be like Hank.

1. Focus on the 50 meter targets first.

I have been fortunate to have had company command experience in the US Army Reserve. One of my First Sergeants, Jake Stover, who has 20+ years of experience leading Soldiers, helped me maintain my focus by saying the 50 meter targets are first.

Meaning: Look at the smaller/more attainable targets and knock them out first instead of aiming for the 300 meter targets.

Lesson: We often waist energy and resources on targets that are farther away. This only depletes our ammo and focus.

2. What’s your goal?

Every organization, project, or company has an overarching goal. Think about your goal for a moment. Do you want to lose weight? Build a company? Lead Soldiers?

Once your goal is established you can begin to narrow down, prioritize, your “to-do” list. If the items on your list doesn’t get you to your goal, then it’s not a priority.

3. Share your goals.

The easiest way to prioritize is to share your goals with others. When others in your organization understand the goal they can prioritize their to-do lists. Thus making the organization operate smoother and more efficiently.

Conversation starters:

1. Is your to-do list getting you closer to a goal?

2. Have you clearly identified your goal?

3. Have you shared your goal?

My faith helps me to prioritize my day:

““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”” Matthew‬ ‭22:36-40‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Love God Love People.

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