Success is never achieved by the person who does the most things. Instead, success is achieved by the person who does what is most important.
This is why to-do lists can oftentimes do more harm than good.
Why? Because a to-do list is essentially everything you think you need to do, not everything you ought to do.
So, what do you need instead of a to-do list? You need a success list.
In his book “The One Thing,” Gary Keller, founder of the largest real estate company in the world, says,
“To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. One is a disorganized directory and the other is an organized directive. If a list isn’t built around success, then that’s not where it takes you. If your to-do lists contain everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.”
Successful individuals, however, understand that not everything matters equally. Having a clean desk or clean windows may seem important for you to do, but it doesn’t help you achieve success. They only distract you from success.
So, the next time you create a to-do list, don’t make your to-do list in random order. Take a few extra minutes to list everything on your to-do list in order of priority and then focus on only doing the 5 most important things on your list.
This is a habit of highly successful people. Successful individuals operate on priorities, while everyone else operates on trivialities.