Priorities

I’m back! I apologize for not posting in so long.  I think I took on a little more than I can handle so I’ve made a few adjustments and am trying to get my priorities straight.  About a month ago I took on another “job” of sorts which I’m now realizing wasn’t the best idea.  I became more focused on learning how to do well in that job that it took time away from doing what I enjoy and I began to lack in other parts of my life.  I started to feel a little stressed and anxious so I made a list of what made me happy and what I feasibly have time to do without adding additional stress.

What I was trying to do – work a 9 hour office job, work an additional 1-2 hours on the 2nd job, run 4 days a week in addition to strength train 30 minutes 7 days a week, write a blog post at least 3 times a week, cook a few nights, be a good fiancé, keep the house clean, spend time with family/friends, plan a wedding, and find time to relax.

Needless to say, a few of the “tasks” were getting pushed to the side and instead of getting everything done and feeling great I began feeling inadequate and overwhelmed.  I decided that the second “job” wasn’t something I needed to focus a lot of time on right now and that there are other items on my list that are much more important to me, my priorities.

Priorities – Mike, family/friends, my health, LoveCookRun, cooking healthy meals, running, “me time”

Revised list – work a 9 hour office job (non-negotiable), run 3 times a week, strength train 3 times a week, write a blog post at least 2 times a week, cook dinner when I can, spend quality relaxing time with Mike without a cell phone or computer in my face, make time for family/friends on the weekends, and slowly finish last-minute wedding details.

I am human, you are human, and we all struggle with time management.  The important thing is to recognize that you’ve over committed or over-extended yourself and make adjustments instead of trying to be superwoman/superman.  No one will think less of you if you don’t get everything done on your to-do list. Your neighbor will understand if you can’t make it to her jewelry party.  We have to prioritize our time and make the most of the 24 hours we are given without it being detrimental to our health.  Being healthy refers to both your body and your mind.  If you are stressed, anxious, frazzled, tired, you are not only hurting yourself but you’re hurting others around you too.  Having too much on your plate often times equates to not being present in the moment.  Do yourself and those around you a favor and take the time to make a list of what is truly important to you and make time to do those things.

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey

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