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Goal Setting & Productivity – Deprioritizing the Unimportant

Posted by medliorator on November 11, 2009

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A lot of goal-setting advice focuses on deciding what matters to you. People exclaim, “follow your passions!” or “set priorities.” This is fine, but it misses the opposite, but equally important question: what doesn’t matter to you.

Ask yourself questions like, “If I had to pick 4-5 things to fail at, what would I sacrifice?

Pick the things that don’t matter. Or, at the very least, decide your maximum input level for those pursuits. If you stop yourself from overcommitting on the small things, you can ensure you have the opportunity to pursue the big things.

Decide What’s Unimportant to You [Scott H Young]

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