“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”—Alan Lakein
Successful people have a plan. They set their goals. They chart a course. They measure success and recalibrate regularly. If you find that most of your activities each day involve responding to other people’s crises or whatever comes to your inbox, you’re squandering energy and time. Unless you work for the fire department, reacting to emergencies should not be your strategy for success. When you’re bombarded with requests that are only going to divert you from your plan, you have three tools to get back on track: delegate, or politely be brief, or hit “delete.” Know your goals. At the end of each day, ask yourself what progress you have made on your goals.