How Top Leaders Prioritize Work


Leadership is a tough gig. And what we give priority, runs our life. We must have the big picture view, and our job is to prioritize what moves us and the organization forward.

We don’t drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there. –Andy Stanley

So, how to do we get there intentionally?

Start your day with rituals. Many great leaders begin their day reading, journaling, meditating, and exercising. These habits make you a little bit better leader each day. And when you’re constantly learning, improving, growing, and developing yourself, it is infectious to others.

Break bad habits. Leaders can develop bad habits like providing their team the answers, not following through, or being inconsistent.  Instead, empower your team to problem solve on their own. Always follow through with what you promise your team. Show consistency in every thought and action.

Ask for help, often. Leaders aren’t always the best at delegating. It may be we don’t know how, don’t like to let go of control, or just get too busy. You must learn how to delegate less important tasks. Ask for help so you can focus on the big tasks!

Choose what to ignore. As a busy leader you need to become skilled at triaging. Triage your inbox, be selective in what meetings you attend; turn off those social media notifications! These things aren’t tied to your productivity.

Schedule your priorities. While a to-do list may be good, calendaring your priorities is a godsend. It can keep you on track and help you keep some semblance of a life.

When you feel you’re nearing burnout, stop and review this list to make sure you haven’t veered too far off your path of intention.


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