Was Abe Lincoln Wrong About This Quote?

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”

I’m a big fan of Abraham Lincoln, and find his story fascinating. The aforementioned quote is printed on a drink coaster that sits on the desk in my office. I love the quote, but think it needs revised.

Enter Jim Collins: “If you have more than 3 priorities, you have none.”

The rule of three is pervasive in all aspects of life, and it holds true for prioritizing your day. Warren Buffet is big on this, as is Benjamin P. Hardy. In short, they advocate for listing three tasks that, if these things happen, will make for a successful day. The three tasks should be tied to your overarching, end game goals.

On the flip side, it’s essential to be ruthless in saying no on a daily basis to any & all tasks that don’t move the needle for your overarching, end game goals. As Warren Buffet said, tasks that don’t impact the top 3 goals should be moved onto the “Avoid-At-All-Costs list.”

Thus, Abe’s quote may need revised to read “leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today, only if it impacts your 3 tasks for the day.” I’ve used this mentality to prioritize my day. What works for you?

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Ryan Warner is an account executive on Salesforce’s Financial Services team. Ryan also co-hosts the TR Talk Podcast, where co-host Tom Alaimo and Ryan interview leaders in their fields to learn how millennials can make an impact in today’s workforce.
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