Important, but not urgent

Most of us start the week with a to-do list that we can’t complete, so the natural tendency is to tackle the most time-sensitive tasks first. However, when it comes to achieving your long term goals, the secret is to prioritize by importance instead of urgency.

Audacious goals like making a career change, learning a new skill, or losing weight require a series of mission-critical action steps. Today, rewriting your resume, signing up for a class, or going for a jog are not urgent. If you wait until they become so, it will be too late.