1. Make a priorities list. It can be as short as you like. It can even contain only one item if you like to.
2. Dedicate a repeating time slot in your calendar to priority achieving time. Ideally, this is in the morning and repeats every day. However, you can probably still get results with a couple of slots a week. You can use whatever you like in your calendar to either make explicit or mask the nature of this time. It can be marked as “focus time” if you are comfortable talking to your boss/colleagues/family about your need to spend quality time on your priorities, or it can be “Project X”. As long as it’s marked and you use it for what you decided to use it for, it is yours!
3. Get clear on what the activities are that will let you achieve your priority. If you need to, use the first time slot to brainstorm steps. Then make a list of these steps. And use each end of the session to update the list for the next steps.
4. Complete your priority activities.
5. If you get dragged back into other obligations and urgent matters, and you feel your time just got stolen away, make sure to work on a priority immediately after, even if just a little bit of time is left of your day. Do not give up! Any bit of progress in your priorities will make you feel like you care about what is truly important to you, and you are really making progress in your life.