What are Your Priorities?

Robert Terson

On May 4th I wrote a blog entitled Priorities; I hope you’ll go back and read/reread it.  In it I tell how to put together a list of the next day’s business activities, in a prioritized fashion.  Today I want to help you pinpoint what your specific business priorities are—the activities, accomplishments that mean the most to you, what you should be focusing on.

A few days ago I started thinking about my own business priorities.  I pondered the question for a couple of hours and came up with five major points:


  1. Writing and marketing my book(s)
  2. Writing my blogs and posting guest blogs
  3. Networking
  4. Learning new skills, especially technical skills
  5. Speaking engagements

Take a sheet of yellow legal and make a list of every business activity you engage in.  Then prioritize the list in a 1, 2, 3, and so on fashion.  Then choose the five points (if need be, you may increase the number, but be careful you don’t overdo it) that are the most important to you and circle them in red.  These are the things you need to spend the majority of your time on—they are your priorities.

Memorize them!

If you’re not aware, focused on these priorities, chaos will reign.  You’ll be approaching every day of your business life in a scattershot manner—a little of this, a little of that, trying to cover it all—instead of taking careful aim and pulling the trigger on what counts, what really matters.

If you’ll do this exercise and follow through every day of your working life, your level of efficiency will soar into the stratosphere like a Saturn-5 rocket.  You’ll become that ordinary man or woman who accomplishes extraordinary things.

Greatness beckons!