Your MIT’s are the absolute key to your balance, performance and focus. Without understanding what’s most important, we are the whim of other people’s direction.
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But how many times have you gotten to the end of the day, and realised that you haven’t made any real progress toward the things that are most important?
Productivity is no longer a function of how long we spend doing anything. It’s about paying attention to the right things, at the right time, while shutting out distractions.
And this is where our MIT’s become crucial.
MIT’s are your Most Important Things. It seems simple, but when we ask people what is most important, they struggle to find an answer. They can name twenty important things, but they can’t seem to narrow it down. The result is that they get pulled in too many directions and don’t make real progress.
But when we are clear on our MIT’s, it makes it possible to be more disciplined about the things we choose to do throughout the day.
Your Time and Attention
Here is a quick audit:
Think quickly about what is most important to you. Maybe write down your top three things.
Once you’ve done that, think about the things that take up the majority of your time.
Now, if you’re like most people then there is a disconnect between these two things. You probably find that you spend relatively little time and effort on the things that should be most important.
The Focus Planner is going to help you fix that.
MIT’s In The Critical Areas
In the Focus Planner, we look at some Critical Areas for our MIT’s: Work, Home and Relationships and Self. If you haven’t done it yet, check out the Video and Article on these Critical Areas.
Each Critical Area affects the others in a very real way, and if we want to perform at our best in one Area, we need to try to maximize performance in the other Areas as well.
Building Your MIT’s
Read this carefully: You need to do this if you want any chance of making real progress in these Critical Areas.
What are the Most Important Things for you at this point in time?
You can only pick two MIT’s in each Critical Area, because if you focus on more than this, you don’t get things done. And being most productive is sometimes more about what you choose not to do rather than what you choose to do.
What are the most important things you need to focus on right now at work? It’s a hard thing to do, but you need to whittle away all the day-to-day activities until you get to the one or two things that are most important. Maybe it’s to increase sales or to build staff engagement. It will be different for everybody.
What about home and relationships? What’s your MIT there? To be an outstanding father, mother, husband or friend? I know it sounds a bit silly, but don’t let that hold you back - go ahead put something big out there. Remember, you need to know where you want to go in order to choose the behaviours that will get you there.
And then the Area of self – what do you need to do to make sure that your physical, mental and emotional health is on track?
The Four Components of Good MIT’s
It’s really important that your MIT’s have four components:
Firstly, they are outcomes - MIT's are something you want to achieve, not a task you need to perform. 'Make more sales calls' is not an MIT, but 'Increase sales' is a great MIT.
Secondly, they are aspirational - they are a stretch and reflect something you haven't yet achieved
Next, they have an action word - like increase or maximise or create
And most of all, they are high impact. They are the things that will make the biggest difference to your life over the next 12 months or so.
Other Things to Think About
Once you’re done, here are some key things to think about:
What would be the impact of spending more time on these MIT’s?
What is stopping you from getting these MIT’s done? What things are getting in the way and where are you spending your time instead?
What are you going to do less of, in order to spend more time doing these Most Important Things?