Do your priorities serve you or is it time to adjust them?
Do you sometimes get frustrated cause you got bogged down on so many urgent to-dos that you left important things way too late? Or you had planned to take regular you-time to exercise, meditate, read books or take a long bath but you rarely get around to actually do it? If you have either of those problems, you may want to check if you got your priorities chosen in a way that serves you.
Some of you may think "Hang on there, I haven't really chosen any priorities. I'm just trying to get as much of the stuff done I need to get done" or "I got my priorities all figured out, but I never get to do them cause there is always so much other stuff coming up that's out of my control!". Sound familiar? It certainly does to me.
Here is what I think: Your time in a day is limited, so whether it's consciously or unconsciously, you are making choices of how you fill the hours of your day, and those choices reflect your priorities. If you never find the time to exercise or to leave work on time, it's because it's not high up on your priority list, no matter how often you tell yourself that you really, really, really want to do it. Through your actions you are choosing (even if you don't want to) that everything else in your life that keeps you from exercising has a higher priority, whether it's cooking dinner or being a long-hour worker.
So, if you are not happy with your current priorities, choose new and make it a conscious choice! I suggest you also have a think what that means for the things that are currently (unwanted) priorities in your life. Sometimes we first need to understand that we have to give up our current priorities to choose new priorities. As David Allen rightly said "You can do ANYTHING, but you can't do EVERYTHING!"
What do you think? Do your priorities serve you or is it time to choose new?
Katrin Heger is an experienced Senior Commercial Manager and certified Executive Coach; making an impact in business, while being passionate about inspiring others.