How to Set Priorities
— Do First What You Want to Do Least —
Ever have trouble deciding what to do first each day, and why?
Setting priorities — a cornerstone of achievement — had always been a struggle for me until I came up with a new policy a few years ago.
So here, revealed in print — or pixels — for the second time anywhere, is Clark’s Rule About Priorities (CRAP™): Do First What You Want to Do Least.
The logic is simple: What we most dread doing is usually the thing we should do soonest.
What do you want to do least today? Apologize to your spouse? Write that report? Make an appointment for that colonoscopy? Well, do it first thing in the morning, and watch your productivity soar.
Clark’s Rule About Priorities applies equally to personal, professional, and spiritual activity (at least it applies to Clark, it may not apply to you).
For example, some years ago it became obvious that I needed to start exercising regularly if I wanted to maintain my health. I pushed through the dread and started going to a gym, but that meant time-consuming daytime commutes, two showers on gym days — and spending money.
About a year later, I realized that exercise, as the most crucial foundation of health besides diet, was, quite literally, the most important thing for me to do each day. So I switched to a daily, at-home regimen, instead of three-times-a-week at the gym. Do First What You Want to Do Least.
Now I exercise first thing each weekday morning, in the comfort of home, while watching the news. It costs nothing, no travel’s needed, and I take only one shower a day. And the habit’s so ingrained now that I no longer dread it — though I love taking weekends off from my regimen.
So get a load of CRAP™ — and see if it doesn’t change your life, as it did mine.
“Clark’s Law of Work” (Attractiveness is inversely proportional to compensation)
“Clark’s Communication Potency Theorum” (The power of communications improve exponentially with proximity, either physical or psychological)
“Clark’s Option on Opportunities Theory (COOTTM)”