Many people are urgency-driven as opposed to being purpose-driven. Being proactive will help you spend your time on purpose-driven areas of your life.
When you have a purpose-oriented time-management system, you are managing your life. You know what is most important to you, and you make choices that are aligned to your purpose. You devote your energies to things that have your highest priority and are able to balance spontaneity and planning to achieve optimum results. You analyze the way your time is being spent, so you know whether it is aligned to your purpose.
When you’ve established your priorities, every job, meeting, phone call or e-mail becomes a purpose-driven exercise. Constantly ask yourself: “If this doesn’t advance me toward my purpose, then why am I doing it?”