You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. Or so we’re told.
We’re also told we should prioritize our day by importance, meaning tasks that contribute to meeting our responsibilities and achieving our goals.
Which is why we’re advised to put our MITs (Most Important Tasks) at the top of our list.
Generally, I agree with this and prioritize that way. But I just heard about a slightly different method.
Prioritize by value instead of importance. Put our MVTs (Most Valuable Tasks) at the top of our list instead of our MITs.
What’s the difference?
Our most important tasks are often determined by urgency—deadlines, due dates, promises we made—and focus on the short-term. They solve an immediate problem or meet an immediate desire.
These are clearly important. And valuable. But they don’t necessarily deliver the most value.
Spending time with loved ones, taking care of our mind and body, our faith, our friendships, and other things that give us joy.
Building our reputation and career. Building relationships with clients and professional contacts.
Long-term, at least, these are more valuable than the boxes we tick off day to day.
We need to prioritize and make time for them.
Tomorrow, when you prioritize your list for the day, prioritize your MITs, but not at the expense of your MVTs.