Choice Principles


When you make intentional choices rather than reacting in the moment, you reclaim your power to create a healthy balance.

Intentional Choices:

  • Put you in control
  • Allow you to respond rather than react
  • Avoid overwhelm and stress
  • Transform your time into a useful tool
  • Tell your time where to go, instead of wondering where it went

Choice Principles

Find Your Best

Look for the choice that works best for you. There is no “right” way… only the best way for your current situation. 

Know Your Why           

Consider what goal this action will move you toward. 

Quality vs Quantity

Choose a few high-value actions and save other ideas for later. Doing too much dilutes your effectiveness and leaves you overwhelmed. 

Learn to say “no”

Each “no” opens the door to other possibilities.  What do you need to say NO to so you can say YES to something more meaningful and impactful?


Make Your Choices

Look at your to do list and identify the top items that will move you toward your goals. As you choose, consider your current commitments and resources. Keep in mind how much time you have available and what you can realistically accomplish. Ask yourself: 

  • What resources do I have to devote to this choice? (Time, skills, experience, funds)
  • Is this the best use of my resources?
  • Is this what I want? Or is it what others say I “should” do?
  • Am I closing the door on something, or am I opening the door for better opportunities?
  • Which of my goals does this support?
  1. Circle the top 5 items from your list that align with your goals and that you have the resources to implement.  
  2. Place a star next to the 2 of the circled items. These will be where you concentrate your efforts first.  

This will provide a clear focus for your short-term time investment. You will focus on your top 5 with special emphasis on the 2 starred items. You can move to the other things as time allows.  

When New Tasks Come Up

Maintain your focus by keeping these priorities in mind. 
When new opportunities arise, evaluate them based on your goals and choices. 
Remember to say “no” to work that is not in line with your current focus.

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