One of my favorite techniques to get more focused and less overwhelmed is to concentrate on 3 or 4 priorities over a month to three month time period. We simply cannot have it all at the same time. Setting goals around 3 priorities and then leaving the rest of your priorities as they are (on average we humans tend to have 5-8 at any given point).
At the last Focus Event, one of our participants shared an excellent example of how this worked for her. One of her priorities was to cook for herself every Sunday. To accomplish this something had to give, and so for just 3 month she let go of some of her favorite activities like attending art exhibition and dancing classes. Initially she missed her old habits but she felt it was essential to make herself nourishing meals for the week ahead. Another 1-on-1 coaching client had to shuffle his priorities as he and his wife were expecting a baby. He needed concentrate on getting their environment and life baby-ready and so for 2 months he focused on their home and on preparing to become a dad. And quite often, after a long productive period of time, my clients have to reset their priorities so that they can spend a month or two in a more relaxed pace and take some much needed time off.
I shared these three different cases to illustrate how priorities must be reevaluated regularly to make sure that they are meeting your needs and life events. That is why it is important to set priorities on a monthly basis because your needs change all the time and what was important 3 month ago may not be of importance now. And here now is a tool to define your priorities, and set monthly goals and weekly actions. Do this monthly or join the next Focus Event where you can set priorities and create a roadmap to achieve your goals in fun and productive environment.