What/who are your priorities?
We’ve all watched videos on YouTube showing how a jar representing our lives gets filled with golf balls, then stones, then pebbles, then sand, then water, as an illustration of how to prioritize the things in our life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqGRnlXplx0
So here are some tips on how to get back on track:
Your health is the most important:
Join a gym or an exercise program, eat healthy, sleep enough, and reduce stress. Your health is irreplaceable, so manage it well and carefully!
I have 2 lists, my Master list and my daily list. My master list has all the things, activities that I need to do that week. It is a diary of random thoughts as they occur that I write down. It mostly makes sure it is out of my head and caught on paper or electronic. My daily list only concentrates on today.
I can’t stress enough the importance of planning your week. At the beginning of each week or the weekend before, take your planner and start planning your week around the appointments you have, the activities, the errands you have to run, your master list. What are the things that really need to be done that week? What errands can we group together? Any kids activities that might require more planning for meals? Anything with a time constraint? Consider things like: How much time do you have? How much energy do you have at that time? What is the best use of your time at that moment? Don’t forget to schedule free times, fun times and times with family or friends.
Stick to your goals or priorities; It’s okay to say NO
You’ve got to learn to say no and not feel guilty about it if you have no time to spare. Learn to say, “Let me get back to you on that” and think about it looking at your planner. Is that something that you can add or will it take precious time away from more important things or people? Saying yes will take time from your list of things to do, so make sure what you say yes to, does not hurt any of your priorities.
Sometimes no matter how much we planned, there is not enough time. It’s okay to delegate. Maybe there’s someone in your family that would be thrilled to help pick up the kids, or hiring a cleaning service would be a better use of your time, order a take out, ask a co-worker. You don't have to do it all yourself! Give responsibilities to others, it might not get done exactly the way you like it but it will get done.
Mostly remember: Life is short, time is fast. There's no replay and no rewinds. So make the most of today create memories and enjoy every moments as it comes.
Sophie Bent is a Professional Organizer & Productivity Consultant @Bent On Organizing, LLC. She is a NAPO Specialist in Residential Organizing in South Florida and has been organizing businesses and homes since 2008. Contact her at 561-404-7181 or www.bentonorganizing.com