What is really Important?
Posted by Claude Warner on Friday 14th May 2010 at 11:52:05
A previous article touched on the benefit of focusing our attention and energy on the “Important” in our lives?
Under Important we would tend to think about bigger picture, longer terms activities such as:
If these are neglected, then Important can become Urgent, and we end up spending our time in crisis management and fighting fires, none of which produce positive results, only prevent negative ones.
Even though this is all true, sometimes one still has to step back and ask oneself “What is really Important?”
Before you think I am contradicting myself, let me tell me where I am coming from.
Last Saturday I attended the funeral of a wonderful man whose life ended at age 53. Different people spoke passionately about the role he had played in their lives as a brother, husband, father, leader, community worker and friend.
No one spoke about the opportunites he had capitalized on, of which, having been a CA, there were a few, or the strategic plans he conceived and flawlessly executed.
As we have seen, these are Important, but there are other things such as relationships that are also Important, possibly even more so.
The key to deciding on what is Important is to make sure that you consider the Important in all the roles of your life, not just business.
As a CEO, your roles include strategic planning, articulation of vision, people development and so on, but when it comes to prioritizing and time management, you need to consider all the roles you play.
In any one week, these activities in the following roles might be Important to you.
As a father, to watch your child play a sports match, as a husband, to take your wife to see a show, as a son, to pop in to visit your folks, as someone who cares for the community, to take your turn to help out at Animal Welfare or some other community project, for personal development, to read an uplifting book, as a friend, to meet with your mates for a round of golf, as a church member, to attend the church advisory board meeting etc.
We all play many roles, and unless we include what is Important in each of them in our time and priority management, things that are Important will not be given time or attention.
If there is something that you rate as Important that is happening in one of your roles this week, and your response is “next time or next month”, then you are out of alignment with your very own Important.
As we have seen, Important not attended is likely to become Urgent.
Neglect what is Important in these other roles and you could end up divorced, with delinquent children, estranged from your family, without friends, stagnating as a person, and suffering from chronic health conditions.
How much time and trouble is it going to take to attempt to rectify that, even if it is at all still possible, and what about the Importants in all your other roles whilst you are doing that?
So what is really Important to you?
If your life should suddenly end, who will be at your funeral, and what will they have to say about your role in their lives?
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