How to Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing

Shane —  June 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

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How to Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing

Around Mother’s Day my oldest son, Tommo, was asked what things his Mother did. He replied with ‘she is on the computer’. The sad thing about this is, my wife Cherry, is hardly ever on the computer compared to me. Either way, the feedback back is, we are not keeping the main thing, the main thing.

The question I have been asking is, based on what I want to create in my life, what are my priorities? And, are these the areas that are getting the most attention? Based on the feed back from my kids, I think I have gotten things a bit out of balance.

‘Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.’

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Here’s a list I have come up with to help myself and others, ‘Keep the main thing, the main thing’.

  • Be clear on your priorities. Define them and consciously decide to make them top of your to-do-list. This means committing to it and taking action.
  • Take a look at where you are spending the majority of your time. Does this match up with what you have determined to be important?
  • Have reminders of your priorities. Leave your exercise shoes in an obvoius place. Have pictures around reminding you what to give time to. Maybe a family photo on your computer desktop could serve as a way of saying ‘Am I spending more time with the computer than my family?’ (The photo with this blog is the one that is on my desktop.)
  • Turn off the TV. Unplug from your media devices. I’m not saying these things are bad. It’s a simple question of what is getting the most time, your priorities or other distractions. (Like: TV, Facebook, cell phone, games…etc) Unless these are your priorities!
  • Schedule the priorities into your calendar and be firm about these appointments.  (For a great story regarding this see, The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers.

What are some additional ways that you use to prioritize?  Please share them in the comments below.


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