"If you wish to know your past life, look to your present circumstances. If you wish to know your future life, look to your present actions."
Two factors determine how you spend your time. There are the things that are classed as urgent ("I must do it and I must do it now!") and there are things that are classed as important: actions that contribute towards your goals. When you know this, you can start to allocate your time and activities into four main categories:
Fire fighting (activities that are urgent and important).
Fire prevention (activities that are important).
False alarms (activities that are urgent).
Fire escapes (activities that are neither urgent nor important).
Let's look at each ...