I ask myself, “Would anything terrible happen if I didn’t do this priority item?”
If the answer is no, I don’t do it.
I cut off nonproductive activities as quickly as possible.
I keep small talk to a minimum during work and study hours.
I have trained myself to go down my “To Do” list without skipping over the difficult items.
I concentrate on one thing at a time.
I focus my efforts on items that will have the best long-term benefits.
I make use of specialists to help me with special problems.
I don’t expect to earn credit for my intentions. When I study, write a paper, or prepare a speech, I produce. If I don’t see something tangible happening I pick up a pen and paper and make it happen.
I remind myself: “There is always enough time for the important things.” If it’s important I’ll make the time to do it. If I don’t do it, I reassess it’s importance.
I don’t waste my time feeling guilty about what I don’t do. I make my choices, and I bear the consequences.