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Let’s face it, life gets busy. I know it, and you know it. It is easy to let our priorities drift away from our true passions. Before you know it you are doing and not living.When this happens, what do you do? For me, I find it’s best to step back, take a little breather and regroup.
In my early years as a professional I allowed so many things like work, holidays, extra-curricular activities, and other things dictate what I did with my time. Can you relate? I have even had times when I was working over sixty hours per week. What did I get for all that sacrifice? Burnout. Bad health. A craving for something different!
The great thing is you and I have the exact same amount of time in each day. What makes the difference in being happy, fulfilled and able to face life’s challenges? Two simple words, “yes” and “no”. We all have these two small, little words in our vocabulary, and keeping our priorities organized simply requires that we use them.
Below are 9 simple things you can do!
1. Take some time to think about what you value most. Is it family and friends; your career and good health; peace of mind; or is it leisure and travel?
2. Make a list of your top five priorities. Either you’ll select them, or others will decide for you.
3. Post this list where you will see it on a regular basis. Put it in a nice frame on your desk, dresser, or counter.
4. Before saying yes or no give yourself twenty-four hours to think about whether the opportunity fits into what you value most.
5. Use a personal productivity system to keep your most valued priorities in front of you, and hold yourself accountable.
6. Schedule some “me time” to recharge your batteries. If you take time for yourself, you will actually get more done.
7. Don’t be afraid to make compromises. Sometimes keeping your priorities organized will require you to negotiate with your boss, spouse, child, friend or family member.
8. Delegate. Delegate. Delegate! What are you doing that someone else could take care of for you? Free up your time so you can stay focused on your top priorities and bring more balance to your life.
9. Give up the notion of being perfect. It’s okay to have a day where you miss out on keeping your priorities organized. Forgive yourself and move on. Tomorrow is a new day!
Organize something today,
Tammy K. Johnson