Only Today

by Adam on July 21, 2010

Life is made up of thousands of ‘todays’

And today is always busy isn’t it?!

If you are to be successful at anything, whether it’s growing your pennies or becoming more productive, it’s what you do consistantly every day that will make all the difference in the world.

We make thousands of decisions each day and we find ourselves prioritising one thing over another all the time.

What do you prioritise?

Sometimes you might be tempted to put things off because you want to do a ‘proper’ job of them;  to give the tasks the time they deserve. The trouble is you risk putting off important tasks:

Maybe you’re waiting until your next payrise to sort out your finances, or you’re waiting until you have an empty weekend to start reading that book that will help you in your career?

What I’ve found, however, is that it’s too easy to put things off until you feel ‘ready’. I know I have lost countless opportunities in the past because I’ve not felt ‘ready’. I bet you have too.

Priorities

To use a very meta example, I’ve made it a priority to work at being a personal finance blogger:

Not just when I have a bit of spare time, but consistantly. I’m writing every day and publishing to this site three times a week. Today’s post is a perfect example of  such a priority (given my current workload the time spent writing this is a priority over sleep).

But what about you? What are your priorities and are they really your priorities?

Do they get pushed aside when life gets busy? Or how about your financial plans and goals? Are they regularly missed due to constantly changing circumstances or spending whims?

The true test of a priority is if you answer yes to the question “Am I working towards this priority today?” Say yes often enough and your priorities will begin to shape your life the way you intend them to.

None of us have all the time in the world.

Only today.

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The Other Adam

I realise I haven’t commented much recently, but I have kept reading!

Just thought I’d leave a quick comment from a great musical writer:

There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget regret– or life is yours to miss.
No other road
No other way
No day but today

– Jonathan Larson

iamtheworkingpoor

Wonderful post, thank you for the reminder. I have to be careful because I tend to be a procrastinator.

sam

i prioritised reading this over sleeping, but now i’m off to bed!

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