First, you must decide what is essential.
These are actions you need to take that are crucial to the process. What will allow you to fulfil your goals and targets? What will help you in getting you to where you want to be? Actions that are important to you and to your own success.
Second, ask yourself what is non-essential?
What are the things that are holding you back, or getting in the way. These are the things that are stopping you from investing in the essential stuff. Are you the one dictating how you spend your time? Or are you letting other things (i.e. low value distractions) do it for you?
Thirdly, establish systems that allow you to focus on the essential things.
Create an environment that allows you to focus on those things that are essential. Don’t rely on willpower to to say “no”. Set boundaries around your daily practices and put a value on your time.
Ultimately, this is a questions about choice.
What do we choose to spend our time on and invest ourselves in? Are we serving our highest values? Or are we letting “busyness” and distractions consume our energy.
Focus on what is essential.
Source: Essentialism by Greg Mckeown