The first action step for becoming more productive is to write out your vision.
Write out in specific detail what you want your life or business to look like in 5 years.
The clearer you see your vision, the more obvious you will see your priorities.
Priorities are not a matter of right and wrong or good and bad. Priorities are simply a matter of relevant and irrelevant.
The reason people have such a hard time prioritizing is because we live and work in a world with unclear vision.
An unclear vision means there either is no vision or there are too many visions.
If there is no clear vision, then everything is a priority. If there are many visions, then you will bump into having conflicting and competing priorities pulling you in different directions.
Either way, you will have frustration, stress, lack of clarity and feel overwhelmed.
The proper selection of your next most significant priority then is 100% dependent on its context as it relates to the vision.
When you clarify the vision, the sequential set of steps that are needed to make it a reality usually become clear.
But if you don’t have a clear vision, then you may find yourself running in a thousand directions just doing everything that shows up as something you can possibly do.
So if you find yourself struggling to balance competing priorities the answer may not be to just work harder and longer, but to stop, take a breath, and clarify what really matters.