In This Episode…
This morning I listened to Tom Bilyeu explain his decision making process for what to work on each day. It is brilliant in both its simplicity and effectiveness. You’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it once you discover what it is.
Hi, it’s Michael Tipper, and welcome to today’s episode of the Profit Productivity Podcast.
Now today I was listening to Tom Bilyeu from the Impact Theory video series and he was asked, “How do you decide what to do each day? “
His answer was such a brilliant answer that makes complete sense when you hear it, that I thought I would share it with you today.
The first thing he does is he always starts with his morning routine. I’ve talked about a morning routine in one of my previous episodes.
I have my morning routine and I’ve definitely found my day is very different when I do the routine to the days I don’t do the routine. That’s why now I consistently do the routine. It sets me up perfect for the day.
It’s automatic for me, just like it’s automatic for Tom. It sets him up for the day so he doesn’t have to to decide what to do first. It then prepares him for the rest of the day.
So what does he do next? Well, he has what he calls his priority list.
Now this is not a list of priorities because you can only ever have one priority, but it’s a priority list.
It’s a list of the things important for him to do and to focus on in order of priority. The thing at the top of the list is the most important thing for him to do and that’s what he starts with.
He works on that because why would he work on anything else?
This is the list he will update as things get done and as maybe priorities change, but pretty much the list stays constant because he’s very clear on where he’s going. He knows what the next step is and he works on putting that next step in place.
Now most people will have a to do list. The problem with that is all sorts of stuff will creep onto it. Trivial stuff and little things will find their way on to this list.
We like putting little things on our list because when we tick them off, we feel good about it – that’s a dopamine hit. We’ll also be drawn to things that are attractive to do rather than what we have to do.
So the priority list is a really powerful way of avoiding getting sucked into trivia.
So my recommendation for you today, is for you to think about what you are trying to achieve and what are the most important things you need to do to achieve that and what order they need to be done in.
What’s your priority?
Develop that list and every day, start with the first item and work on it until it’s done.