A Goal Of the Week is a story translated into action. Each week, we send you a goal to achieve using specific skills.
GOAL OF THE WEEK #2
Prioritize your goals
One of the biggest struggles in the modern workplace is knowing how to prioritize work. To remain productive and impactful, you must be able to distinguish between what is important and what can wait.
Warren Buffet, the famous billionaire at the head of the Berkshire Hathaway fund, understood this principle very well.
～ The Story
Mike Flint was the pilot of Warren Buffet's private jet for 10 years. One day, in the middle of a transatlantic flight, the man known as the Oracle of Omaha asked his pilot to list the 25 goals he would like to achieve in his career.
Flint, amused, took a moment to reflect and wrote 25 objectives on a sheet of paper that he showed to Warren Buffet. The latter then asked him to circle the five objectives that he considered to be priorities. The pilot hesitated a little, then did it.
"Are you sure these objectives are the most important for you?" the billionaire asked him. Flint nods. "And what about the ones you didn't circle?" he adds.
Flint replied, “Well, the top 5 are my primary focus, but the other 20 come in a close second. They are still important, so I’ll work on those intermittently as I see fit. They are not as urgent, but I still plan to give them a dedicated effort.”
"No. You’ve got it wrong, Mike. Everything you didn’t circle just became your Avoid-At-All-Cost list. They no longer exist for you until you reach the goals you prioritized."
～ Key Takeaway
As a manager, you certainly have to accomplish a large number of tasks in a limited amount of time. It is essential to know how to identify those which are priorities and those which can wait. Focus entirely on the tasks you have prioritized and leave the others aside until you have completed the first ones.
Your action of the week
👉 Identify the 3 objectives you want to achieve during the week, write them down and keep them in mind on a daily basis. Then debrief at the end of the week.
Some tips for setting good objectives:
👉 Look at your agenda for the coming week and ask yourself what the three most important elements are.
👉 Think outcome more than output. For example, "Having 5 positive answers to my prospecting email" is better than "Sending 10 prospecting emails"
👉 Limit yourself to 3 objectives, it should not turn into a to-do list
👉 Make sure that your objectives are concrete and measurable.
Why not ?
One bad reasons not to do this GOW ...
❌ "All my tasks are important, I can't prioritize them"
According to the Pareto principle, 80% of the effects are the product of 20% of the causes. In other words, a small part of your actions will be responsible for most of the results, so it is in your best interest to identify what these actions are.
See you next week !
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