Here comes the practice I swear by: Your priorities should be visible in your calendar. That’s it.
When “Organize the YearPlanDay” is clearly at the top of my priority list, and my calendar is full of other things, that’s hard to ignore. Otherwise, it’s easy to work on everything except what’s actually most important.
Also: I can predict whether or not my day will be productive just by looking at what I’ve called the blocks in my calendar. A block called “YearPlanDay” will leave me swimming, while “Arrange catering for the YearPlanDay” means I’ll know exactly what to tackle first.
Claiming your time can feel a little uneasy at first. But press on. When it comes to getting more out of this week, this may well be what has the most impact.
Good luck and have a brilliant week!