The important role of habits in getting things done

I’ve talked before about the important role habits play in getting things done. But they have to be the right things.

Working with a recently promoted guy we had a conversation about how you set priorities. It was simple I told him. What does your boss expect of you and what do you need to accomplish to get more money and promotion? Answer – “these five things”. Is there a priority and are they related or interdependent in some way? “ I’ll look but yes, I think they are”.

So, we built a plan and some habits around those. We ditched the rest of his list. Although very interesting and enjoyable it might have been.

My advice? Always set priorities and habitually do the simple things well. The fancy stuff can wait for another day.