Thursday, March 28, 2013

5 steps to get YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT



1. Take a break. Think about your life. What is really important to you?

How would you like to live your life?
Would you like to be healthy and vital? Write it down.
Would you like to have more fun with your family and feel the love? Write it down.
Write down the things that are truly important to you, the things that ten years from now will make you proud.
Now is not the time to worry whether what you are writing down is feasible or not. Just write down the things that are important. And keep in mind that if you write down ten things or more, then you are probably mixing the urgent with the important. The important cannot be more than three to five things.

2. Think about the things you are doing every day. Write them down.

For example, wake up, eat breakfast, go to work…
Highlight the tasks that you do daily that are in line with your priorities. For example, if you walk to the bus stop, then this step helps your health (which you mentioned in step one as important). Highlight it. Did that? The highlighted stuff is the important stuff that you do every day. Everything else is urgent.

3. Cut down on the urgent stuff. Or, else, clear out the clutter.

Some “urgent” activities will just need to go. Maybe you can wait until later after all to check your picture on Facebook. Some “urgent” activities will need to be delegated. Your assistant, if you have one, could actually pay that bill. Or, you could set up auto-pay with your bank, so that the system does it for you. Some others will be better organised. You could actually make a batch of lunches every Sunday and Wednesday. This way you only have to go through this process twice, instead of five times a week.
Wonderful! Now there is some space opening up in your life!

4. Run a test week.

Now that your schedule is more open, it’s time to experience the freedom of it. Try your new life for one week. See how it works out. Maybe you will notice that you should not have delegated some stuff, but some other stuff could actually be deleted from your life. Try this for a week to see in practice what works for you, and then make appropriate changes.

It might take you a couple of weeks to clear the clutter from your life, testing what activities should go, stay, be delegated, or better organized, but it’s worth it!

5. Put in your life more of the important stuff.

Now that you are firmer in what goes and what stays, it’s time to start putting the important stuff in.
Go back to step one. What is it that you want? Health? Love? Put in your schedule activities that match your priorities. You don’t have to go over-the-top with this. For example, if you feel you still don’t have enough time to go to the gym for an hour, then don’t put that in your schedule. Put in what you think is absolutely feasible, no matter how small or imperfect it seems.

The fact that you think you should be working out for five hours a week does not mean that you have to start doing this on Monday.

A more feasible, sustainable way is to start by doing something that is in the vicinity of where you are but in the direction of where you want to go.

For example, if twenty to thirty minutes of daily exercise is your plan to better health, but you are currently at point zero, then start with five minutes.

Five minutes is close to where you are (zero minutes) and in the direction of your dream (twenty to thirty minutes a day). - tiny buddha

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