• James Walton

A Simple Question to Make Better Decisions

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Our time and attention are our most valuable assets, and the ones most in demand. As leaders, we're sometimes asked to chair a committee, serve on a board, contribute to a side project, or lend our presence to a cause.

There are numerous questions you can ask and steps you can take when faced with a decision.

But the next time you're faced with an opportunity to commit yourself to a new project, as yourself this simple question:

Will future me appreciate this?

Future me is a real person, they just don't exist yet. Future me is you, but in the future. One of my goals in life is to make future me as happy as possible.

Unfortunately, our relationship with our future self is often like a disorganized college student moving out of the dorm at the end of the year. Whatever mess that's left behind is someone else's responsibility.

So we make decisions today that obligate time and attention that future me needs to pay. Because it's in the future, it's easy to imagine that it's someone else's responsibility. But when that day comes and you realize that your schedule is packed and your energy is drained, future me ends up despising present-day me for all those decisions.

So before you make that next decision to commit your future time and attention ask yourself: will future me appreciate this?


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If you feel overwhelmed and need a proven system to focus on the next best thing, we can help. Companies who work with us see revenues go up, anxiety go down, and work becomes a force multiplier for good in the lives of your people.

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