First Things First has become my mantra as I try to quiet the noise that comes from too many things that are critical, first priority, get done or else.
And then I just do the first thing first.
I don’t prioritize it.
I don’t schedule it.
I don’t put it on a list.
I just do it (thanks to Nike and Seth Godin for the inspiration). Do it without thinking about what comes second and third and so on.
With that task done, what needs to be done next becomes clear and the noise falls away.
First Things First