I’m busy … you’re busy … we’re all busy. But the truth is, my life is wonderful and quite simple; I am the one responsible for all the busy.
For months now I have tried to figure out my priorities and I created my list – health (full recovery), family (always has been, always will be), home/farm and work (focus on my writing business).
Everything else can be shelved for now. And I have struggled with this; it’s hard to let go of things that feel important – like my volunteer work, like this blog, like cooking new recipes and delicious meals day after day. All these are activities I enjoy but they distract me from my true priorities.
I recently created a system that has helped me daily; perhaps it can help you. I used Word to build a document. Please see below for the template.
On Sunday evening, I write a list of the things I want to accomplish the following week (within the 4 priorities above). The list has averaged 14 items and is written as I think of things.
The next step is to prioritize the priorities!!
I use A-B-C for clarity. And then, the list is further prioritized; I attach 1-2-3 to each letter. See below for a sample table. Note: I don’t do all the As on Monday, I spread them over the week…after all, I have a week to finish the list.
Then every evening I check my list, mark off what is finished (or note my progress) on the weekly table and plan for the next day. I try to mix up the tasks – outside/inside, lots of brain needed/simple task etc…
When I get clear on my priorities and write them down, my life is wonderful and simple, as it should be.
In order to live my priorities this will be my last post for the foreseeable future.
Le gach dea ghui (with every good wish)
|Increase hiking time to 30 mins||A2|
|Make curtains for living room||B2|
|Send Uncle X birthday card||A1|
|Write article for MNO magazine||A3|
|Clear raised beds||C1|
|Skype with sister and son||A5|
|Meet friend for tea||B3|
|Go to bed before 10 every night||A6|
|Hike 20 mins (plan to increase by Sunday)||A1|