With plethora of choices available in today’s world, finding one’s life purpose, the big goals, ironically, can be the most frustrating process in one’s life. That said, translating the same to daily actions would be another pain.
These days, I am using a shorter list to plan my day – some call it MIT (Most Important Tasks), but I prefer to have it nameless. I, personally, liked Kevin Kruse’s approach to find one’s MIT.
- Step 1: Kevin first suggests to find the answer for ‘What are my/ workplace goals?’
- Step 2: Second, more importantly, ask yourself, ‘What are the tasks that support the goals?’ Feel free to list how many ever tasks of varying length and nature. This is your brainstorming time.
- Step 3: Now comes the most important and crucial part of the process. Kevin calls this ‘3 Power Questions’
– “Which of these tasks provide the most value to the company?” This is key process of prioritization. Remember you can always do myriad of tasks, but the key is in identifying those that provide value and contribute to your big goal(s).
– “Which tasks offer the most leverage (i.e., apply 80/20 principle)?” Not all tasks are equal – there are those high leverage tasks that make other tasks irrelevant and not needed. Find those.
– “Which tasks can only I do?” While you might have identified a list of high-leverage tasks, you cannot and should not do all of them. Find those tasks that only you can do and want do. Ruthlessly delegate those tasks to your peers.
What remains is your MIT for the day. Kevin further goes on to suggest at least 1 to 3 hours per day to focus on your MIT, preferably during the first part of your day.
Try this exercise and find your MIT today. Have a productive and impactful day ahead!