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How to get focused on your priorities

What is your biggest challenge as a leader?

I recently surveyed a group of 25 people in senior positions in their organization.

Fifty percent of these individuals said that their number one leadership issue is prioritization.

They proceeded to tell me that:

  • They have too many conflicting priorities all of the time.
  • Their boss does not meet with them to clarify their priorities.
  • They are spending all day in meetings or putting out fires and therefore have no time left to focus on their priorities.

Sound familiar?

In a world where we are all so busy, it is critically important that you are clear on your top priorities.

Time is a scarce commodity.

So, what you need to do is get focused on what matters most to your team.

Where can you start?

Here are 3 important questions to ask yourself to get focused on your priorities:

  1. Do you need to delegate more so that you have time to spend on your key deliverables?
  2. Do you need to clarify your current priorities with your leader?
  3. Do you need to say “no” to all of those meetings (especially the ones without an agenda) that are an ineffective use of your time?

Which one of these activities will help you to get focused on your priorities?

Remember, just because you are busy doesn’t mean that you are productive!

So, please do what is necessary to carve out more time for your key priorities and the tasks that drive value for you and your team.


Vanessa Judelman

Vanessa Judelman is an author, coach, and sought-after leadership expert. Over the past 20 years, she has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident in their job. Vanessa is the author of Mastering Leadership: What It Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Order your copy here.

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