A big part of being successful and productive is being able to prioritize what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t be doing. Those can be tough decisions to make, particularly when it involves other people or giving up on a project that you’ve put a lot of hard work and soul into already. It also isn’t always easy to see the right path forward and determine what the best call is. Here are a few tips to help you make the best decisions possible.
Keep The Big Picture In Mind
It’s easy to find yourself stuck in the details. We are working on one little part, and that’s all we can see. It’s hard to notice progress and make sure you’re on the right track in that frame of mind. Keep your big goal or your unique definition of success front and center. Write it down and post it in front of your desk or on your bathroom mirror. Not only will this keep you motivated, but it will also serve as a sort of compass that will keep you on the right path.
It’s easy to get confused and be unable to make decisions when your surroundings and your mind are cluttered. Staying organized when it comes to what you’re working on is key. Keep your files in order, so that it’s easy to find the information you need to make an important decision. Make sure you’re clear on your goals and the path to reach them. Getting in the habit of getting and staying organized instead of functioning from a place of clutter will make it much easier to prioritize the important tasks and work efficiently.
Make The Time To Review
It’s not always easy to see what’s working and what isn’t when you’re in the middle of things. Set aside time each week to step back and analyze your progress. Decide what’s working well and what isn’t. Correct your course as needed and decide if it’s time to change things up or pull the plug.
The more often you make those tough decisions, the easier it will become to make them. With time and experience, you’ll also get better at judging what the best choice is.
The road to success is full of learning opportunities. Don’t be afraid to fail or make the wrong decision. You’ll learn from every single one. Failing fast and failing often can be the quickest way to success.