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Choosing the Important Stuff

The following post is from Bernice Wood of Living the Balanced Life:

baby shopping

In the world we live in today, it’s very easy to be distracted by so many things.

We have so many options available to us, it can be overwhelming to choose the most important things. I mean, have you tried shopping for disposable diapers lately?

I took my son and his very pregnant girlfriend shopping at Babies R Us after their baby shower. I had never been in there before and I was amazed and overwhelmed at everything new parents have available to them. Her friends and family had bought lots of cute things, but not many of the things that really mattered.

My goal was to buy the things they needed but didn’t get at their shower. There was no extra money for cutesy fun stuff, we had to get the things we needed that would make their lives easier as they cared for their new daughter.

The things that would make the most impact on their new life together. Things like a breast pump, and a car seat. A big box of wipes and cloth diapers for burps cloths.

I really wanted to buy some cute girly stuff. Some frilly pink things, but those were not the important things at this point.

Focus on the more important things.

As we try to focus on the important things in life, it is very easy to get distracted. We get caught up in all the little things that really don’t matter. We need to take a step back and assess,

“What are the high priority things in my life that I need to focus on?”

“What areas can I make the biggest difference in by paying some attention to?”

In your home…

Keeping clutter at a minimum

Keeping the dishes caught up

Making beds can make a big difference in how a room feels

cozy living room
Source: Wordridden

With your kids…

Reading to and with them

Spending time working on things together

Give them experiences instead of things

bedtime story
Source: Jerry

With your spouse…

Give him a kiss AND a hug before he goes out the door and when he returns

Put away your smartphone when you’re with him

Plan your work so you’re finished by the time he gets home (if you must work in the evening, don’t let it be every night)

couple hugging
Source: SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

In your work…

Decide what things will make the most impact to the bottom line

Don’t waste precious time with busywork

Turn off all distractions and focus on those high impact things such as writing, research, phone calls or networking

on laptop at coffee shop
Source: CarbonNYC

For yourself…

Do your best to get good, restful sleep at night

Fuel your body with the right foods for energy and nutrition

Take short breaks and do nothing at all!

woman reading and relaxing
Source: Chickadee (Carol)

Some of the things you won’t see on this list…

Cooking gourmet meals

Buying your kids the newest and latest gadgets

Making sure that your kids always look clean and pristine

Making sure that you always look polished and proper

cooking a gourmet meal
Source: Foodswings

What are some important things you need to focus on right now?

Bernice Wood is a mother of 4 young adult kids, plus Nana to 7 grandchildren. After a major lifechange summer 2010, she began blogging to journal her personal struggles and transition. To help others avoid the pitfalls of stress and burnout and learn to live a more healthy life, she recently launched her new blog at Living the Balanced Life.