Mission-Based Prioritization

Countless books have been written on prioritization, yet most people continue to be extremely busy spending time

Countless books have been written on prioritization, yet most people continue to be extremely busy spending time doing things that are not truly a high priority. Being busy gives us the perception that progress is being made. But, this is a false perception. Busyness and completion of the less critical can prevent you from reaching your goals.

To reach her goals, Jennifer Dulski, President and COO at Change.org, relies on “mission-based prioritization.” This business advice was provided to her by Lynn Sorensen, then a program officer at the national Breakthrough Collaborative.

To use this technique, Dulski explains, “Make a grid with your mission statement at the top (or whatever language you use to measure your primary work objective) and your “to-do” list down the side. Run through your entire to-do list, checking whether each item does or does not impact your ability to achieve your mission.”

Dulski also advises not to limit the “mission” list to the serious work. Make sure some of the fun things make the list, too, she says. By removing some of the less important work, you’ll have time for a little fun.

So, what’s your mission? Does everything on your to-do list directly impact your mission?

Effective prioritization will have you proudly announcing: Mission Accomplished.

What You Seek is Seeking You

Leaving a legacy is an important part of life’s purpose. People want to know that their lives matter in some way.

Leaving a legacy is an important part of life’s purpose. People want to know that their lives matter in some way. The legacy may not be a contribution that that changes the universe; it may be a contribution that will always be remembered by those lives you influenced and something that they can be pass forward to others. Following the wisdom of poet, scholar, and theologian Rumi, here are a few steps to leave a great legacy:

1 Whatever is in your mind, forget it. Rid yourself of worldly, pre-conceived, and social constraints set for yourself. Regularly reflect and decide what is most important in your life, then continually seek knowledge about it and improvements for it. The truths you discover will lead you to what you can most contribute and where. This process shall be repeated throughout your life as you grow and experience life, but the most meaningful purpose will always come back around.

2 Whatever is in your hand, give it. Supporting what is good and true about the lives and causes that are most important to each of us is a purpose we all share. We all have riches to share with others every day, whether it is time, money, a positive attitude, or kindness.
3 Whatever is your fate, accept it! Don’t deny yourself your true passions; doing so will deny it from others and diminish your legacy. When you live from your soul, through your passions, you will experience joy. This joy provides the energy required to serve and give to others. Your passions, and the values associated with them, will ultimately be your legacy.
A meaningful and positive legacy develops from a dedication to self-reflection and purpose. Always remember: What you seek is seeking you. -Rumi