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Scheduling Our Priorities

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

Source: Sadie Hernandez

Don’t prioritize your schedule — schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen Covey

Many time management systems recommend that you make your task list and then prioritize each activity by using A, B, C… Stephen Covey’s statement above turns that system around and sounds more like what I try to live by and teach in my business.

Many of us have a long list of things we think we SHOULD be doing, or that we feel compelled to do because of the pressure that society places on us as mothers, or maybe even by expectations placed on us by family members. Then we try to prioritize and schedule activities by their importance. And we typically never actually get them all done. (Many times this leaves us with a burden of guilt).

Shift your thinking.

Think about the things that are of utmost importance to you in your life.

  • Obviously your family is important — what are some goals you have for your family?
  • What are some of your personal goals?
  • What about professional goals?
  • Is there a civic or religious organization that is on your list of priorities?

Take action.

  • Make a list of the actions and activities that are needed in each of these areas of importance. Don’t list every single thing, just the next actions for each.
  • With your calendar in hand (digital or paper) schedule these most important things into your life.
  • Remember, you don’t have to do something just because it has been presented to you! The good things can become the enemy of what is best in your life. Doing all these “awesome fantastic things” at the expense of your sanity or peace in your family is not worth it!

The infographic flow sheet below can help you walk through this process:

Graphic created by author

In reality, this is very simplistic, we just have to take the time to stop and examine our priorities and ask ourselves these questions.

What things do you need to say NO to this summer?

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.