Tips to Create A Schedule Based on Your Priorities

“Life is chaotic.  I can’t do it all. How do I make time for the things that matter most?”  Life is too short not to do what matters most with those that matter most so today I am sharing tips to help you create a  schedule based on your priorities!

We always used to go to Bishop’s Buffet with my Grandpa Jack.  The goal every time was to have enough room on your tray at the end of the long line of food so that you could get a piece of their famous french silk pie. Once, we sat down we would find out if our eyes were too big for our stomach.  Would we actually be hungry enough after eating all of our food to actually eat the pie? It was the question that drove my decision-making.

Sometimes, life feels like an all you can eat buffet.  Your tray is so full with all of your commitments that you feel like your eyes are bigger than your stomach, but life is too short to miss out on Bishop’s french silk pie and it’s too short to miss out on what matters most.  

So, how do create a schedule that matches your priorities?

The good news, unlike a buffet, you can always take things off.  There’s always an opportunity to make more breathing room and put on the things you really want and take off the things you don’t.  You are in control. The tray doesn’t control you, your commitments don’t drive you, you get a choice!  

1. Count the Cost

When we decide what goes on our tray, we have to count the cost.  If I put this plate full of mashed potatoes on my tray, what does that mean for the french silk pie?  If I say yes to this commitment, what does that mean for what matters most to me?

2. Know Your Priorities

What are the things and activities that matter most to you?  It’s important we know very specifically what those things are if we want our priorities to drive our decision making.  What are your specific priorities?  

 

Are your priorities currently represented in your schedule? 

Ask yourself these questions to make sure your schedule reflects your priorities

1. What needs to go?

Many people say yes to commitments out of guilt.  That’s not a good reason to say yes.  Unfortunately, because we don’t want to disappoint anyone, so we end up saying yes to the detriment of our family and our priorities.  Be ruthless, write down all your commitments and evaluate what can go.

2. What do you need to add to your plate?

Remember, you do not want to miss out on the pie!  You need to plan accordingly. Don’t leave it to chance.  Good intentions don’t make things happen!

If you are lonely or need to connect with your husband, make a plan for time away. We all have the same amount of time. Our time is finite.  If it is important to you, then plan for it. Make it happen. When you are out with your girlfriends, set the next date.  Have a standing date night each month with your husband.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun! 

Before you say yes or no, pause and think about it.  

For many years, I said yes without asking my husband.  Thankfully, he was gracious but I have learned telling someone I need to talk to my husband and look at my calendar is a good practice for two reasons.  I really do want to consult my husband and get his opinion.  He knows me better than anyone and can help me sift through why I want to do it.  It also gives me time to think and respond purposefully so I don’t have to back out or say no later.

Give yourself grace.  Accept Help.  

Nothing in life is absolute, there are times where you have to make the tough decision.  You may agree to something and change your mind. You will need to ask for help or delegate.  That doesn’t make you a failure, that makes you human.  There are also certain seasons in your life where your tray is full simply because you are a new mom, have lots of little kids under toe, starting a new business or launching a product.  

Whatever the case, carefully examining what’s on your tray and making sure what you want is included will ensure no matter how crazy life is you are doing what matters most with those that matter most!

 

Take a look at your tray of commitments today.  Does it represent your priorities?  What’s missing from your tray and what can you take off your tray?

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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