LRS 018: How to Prioritize and Leave Anything Unimportant Behind 94

how to prioritize - The Let's Reach Success Podcast, episode 18

Welcome to the 18th episode of the Let’s Reach Success podcast. In today’s show you’ll learn how to prioritize so that you can stop doing unproductive and unimportant activities and tasks and focus on what truly matters.

In the beginning of 2016 I introduced you to a new project called the Year of Less. It’s about eliminating the unnecessary in our life so that we can focus on the essentials. Since then, I’ve been talking about 1 such thing every month.

In January it was toxic people, and how exactly to deal with them. In February, I talked about letting go of the past and future so that we can come back to the present moment and live life more mindfully.

Today, it’s about leaving behind anything non-essential you’re doing so that you can get done the important stuff that will actually make a difference and give you results. You’ll learn how to start prioritizing, which seems to be a super important skill these days with the countless distractions around us.

It has been my observation that most people don’t know how to prioritize.

But that doesn’t come as a surprise. You’re probably busy doing so many things, end up multitasking or even jumping from one goal to another. That leads to lack of focus and you often do things that don’t really need to be done.

Let me help you with that.

Once you know how to prioritize, you’ll be able to get rid of anything that doesn’t get you any closer to your dreams.

This way you’ll have the time to concentrate on what truly matters.

Life is too short for things that seem urgent, can be done by someone else, are unproductive and not getting you closer to your goals.

So prioritize – eliminate them and replace them with super productive focused work on tasks that are meaningful and have potential.

Check out today’s episode to learn more.

Show Notes:

  • What does it mean to prioritize [1:29]
  • 3 ways to benefit from prioritizing [2:09]
  • How to define what’s most important [3:12]
  • An example from my personal life of how setting priorities straight works [7:00]
  • How to always keep your priorities in mind and thus take better decisions [8:29]
  • How every choice you make today affects your tomorrow [9:07]


Quotes from the episode:

It’s what we consider essential and focus on every day that shapes our identity and future.

When asked to do something you’re not sure you should do,ask yourself whether it makes you happy and act upon the answer.

There are more meaningful things out there you should be doing, and better people you should be spending your time with.

Getting Started with Prioritizing

how doing the right thing feels

  1. Self-evaluation – analyzing what you’re currently doing and how you’re spending your time.
  2. Get better at time management
  3. Focus on what matters

How to Prioritize: Choosing What to Focus On

  • goals

What’s really important to you is what you’ve always wanted. Your true desires don’t just go away, no! They stay inside of you, always reminding you of who you could have been if you’d started working on the things you believe in.

Make a step-by-step plan of your life goals. Break them down into manageable tasks that you can do daily. Make them easy and fast. This way you’ll know what exactly you should do each day to achieve what you want.

  • the things you enjoy doing and which make you happy

In the rush of the day we often forget that we have the right to do only stuff we enjoy.

  • important relationships

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.


Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!


David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.