The challenge of being focused on those things of importance was highlighted in an article "Two list you should look at every morning", in a Harvard Business Review blog. The columnist, Peter Bregman recommends we make the following two lists to review every morning:
List 1: Your Focus List (the road ahead)
List 2: Your Ignore List (the distractions)
To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary questions: what are you willing not to achieve? What doesn't make you happy? What's not important to you? What gets in the way?