Create more time for priorities in three steps

July 10, 2015 2 Comments

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Do you have enough time in your day for priorities?

These days the answer really feels like, "No, not at all." Priorities, or rather, things we feel should be priorities, such as eating healthy, exercising and just enjoying life, end up not being priorities. Then, one day, your body doesn't feel as limber as it used to and you can't do as much as when you were younger.

 

Reality starts to set in.

Have you wasted too much time on unimportant things? If you had made it a priority to eat healthy, exercise and just enjoy life every day, would you be feeling like this today? Most days other things just got in the way. You had good intentions, but time just slipped away from you or you were just too tired. Sound familiar?

 

What can you do to REALLY put priorities first?

As we get older, life seems to become busier by the second. We are doing the work of five people in a one-person time slot. We have more stuff, more clutter, and more distractions. Hello, email and Facebook! We have become so overwhelmed with things which, in the long run, don't have much meaning.

 

1. Schedule your priorities in your calendar.

The calendar on your phone is pretty useful and convenient. Schedule time to exercise, to grocery shop, to prepare healthy meals, and to have fun. The calendar allows you to have it repeat every day, week or month. It will even remind you to do it.

 

2. Start saying "NO".

We've all been there before. You receive an invitation which does not excite you. You accept out of feeling that good old, "I should go." You spend the time leading up to the event dreading it (a time waster). You attend and the whole time you're there, you are regretting accepting the invitation, wishing you were someplace else. Right? Not only have you wasted time thinking about it, but you are wasting time being somewhere you don't want to be.

 

3. Get your home in order.

Organize, declutter, get rid of things which you do not use and things which create more work for you (a time waster). Do all those knick-knacks serve you a purpose other than extending the time you spend cleaning? Do all those clothes you don't wear serve a purpose other than causing you to waste time thinking about why you don't wear them, or how you don't fit into them any more?

 

What things can you eliminate from your life, which will give you more time?

Maybe it's those bushes that grow like wild fire which you are constantly trimming. Maybe you need a home gym to save on time spent driving there. Maybe it's rearranging items in a more convenient place. Or maybe you need to buy duplicate items, one for the basement and one upstairs, so you aren't running up and down stairs when you need something (although that is exercise). Look around your house and your life and pay attention to those things which are sucking up your time. Think about ways to change it.

 

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2 Responses

Amanda
Amanda

August 24, 2017

This and your accompanying newsletter tell me that we’re in similar places in life. I love your perspective on this. Right there with you.

Lisa R. Ullrich
Lisa R. Ullrich

August 24, 2017

Thanks for your comment, Amanda! I don’t think we are alone in this at all. Can’t wait to read more 4-hour Workweek!

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