What is your Most Important Thing? What is it you want to do, but never seem to get around to? What is it that always seems to get bumped in favor of the urgent, the necessary? THAT is the thing that should be first on your list of things to do, that Most Important Thing (MIT). On your to-do list, the MIT is your Most Important Task. Do your MIT first every day, and the rest of the day is gravy.
Some of us seem to take a long time to learn this crucial lesson. We wonder why we are so busy and rushed yet never manage to write that novel, paint that painting, finish those quilts, declutter the house. These MITs can seem like selfish pleasures that must take a back seat to the daily necessities of living a life, taking care of a family, and running a home. It turns out that by scheduling and working on your MITs first thing every single day, you now have the time to focus more clearly on your home, family, and life. At least I’m discovering that to be true for me.
Since starting this blog about my One Goal of decluttering my house, I have been able to accomplish two things that have eluded me for decades: writing (and sharing my writing with others), and getting rid of the excess things clogging up my life and home. Both of these activities support and reinforce each other, and by starting my day—every day—with writing I've been able to accomplish more decluttering in the last two months than I ever thought possible. And because I take the first two hours of my day—every day—to write, I can really focus on the other things and people in my life during the rest of the day.
When I’m doing my MITs, I’m really focusing on them instead of worrying that I should be spending time with someone; when I’m spending time with someone, I’m really focusing on them instead of worrying that I never get time to work on my MITs. This one new habit, to schedule and work on my MITs first thing every day, is changing my life.
"...do the most important thing first. Every single damn day. When you make this habitual, it will change your life... What you prioritize [is] what gets done. Don’t leave things up to chance or when you “have time for it”... Start your day with the most important thing. The rest will take care of itself." ~ Thanh Pham, AsianEfficiency.com