How do you decide what you are going to do today? Most people do what is on their calendar, do what they are told to do, do what they need to do to fix a crisis, do what’s fun, do the project that is due today, or do what they are good at doing. None of these are ideal. Instead, you should do what needs to be done.

We tend to do what we do because it has worked in the past, because, as it turns out, we are good at it. But that doesn’t matter anymore, what matters is that other things need to be done now. What matters is that you need to get good at what needs to be done.

The skills and abilities that made you a success in the past are not the skills and abilities that will make you a success in the future:

  1. Set aside the time
  2. Link your to do list with your position description and / or your plan
  3. Focus on productivity
  4. Communicate
  5. Gain the necessary skills

“Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done the best way it can be done, and do it that way every time.” – Bobby Knight