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Use these five tips to help you prioritise things in your life and decide what to next.
It is not easy dealing with things one at a time when they refuse to get in frigging line.
If you have a family, run a business, work from home, write to deadlines, whatever it may be you can sometimes feel like everybody in the god damned whole wide world wants a piece of you and it’s all the good pieces leaving you with just the shrivelled up., getting old and tired, shell.
The stress hormones are wreaking havoc on your body and your feeling exhausted and dizzy because your head has been spinning like something out of the Exorcist all day long.
Take a breath.
It’s like the roast chicken at Sunday family lunch. You have to get in first to get the good bits. If you want to do well you need to use your time before you let others use it. Keep the good bits of time for what is important to you.
In other words, prioritise.
Take those ten different hats off your head and put them down. Now let’s go over how you decide which one you should wear first and let’s only wear one at a time. I swear your neck will thank you for it.
First thing in the morning is when you need to do what is important to you. Whatever it is that you, up until now, put off until the urgent stuff is done.
What is important to you is the stuff that carries you away on the tidal wave of your dreams.
You know those things that are urgent multiply faster than a Catholic rabbit. One job turns into ten which turns into ten thousand and before you know it the landscape is covered in urgent jobs.
Spending too much time on these tasks will leave you no time to do what matters and what means the most to you.
The urgent will always get done because it is urgent. Try leaving urgent tasks until later in the day.
It is amazing how efficiently you can work when you leave things until the last minute.
Set a cut off time for doing important things and then do the urgent.
At certain points in your life, there will be no space for new opportunities. Other matters may need to be addressed first.
It could be that you need to build a website, look after your family, tend to your health, or just take some time out.
Be content with whatever time of life you are at and enjoy the process of making the most of it.
Don’t be fearful of saying no and moving on. There will be more opportunities that present themselves when the time is right.
I have found in my life that pushing an agenda when I don’t truly have the time to give it my full attention always ends in abysmal failure.
I currently practice a martial art and am at a crucial point with a big grading ahead of me. The art has evolved since I started nearly 5 years ago and I find myself not getting the same enjoyment out of it.
I have been trying to analyse why I feel so loathe to carry on while at the same time unable to let go.
I put it down to:
- The people.
- Having put so much time into it and not wanting to lose that.
- Comparing myself to others and wanting to be at the point they are at.
In answer to these points firstly I can keep in touch with those people that I want to keep in my life. Secon, ly it is a little like riding a bike so I will always come back to the key principles I have learned. Thirdly, I need to run my own race. I am proud of my achievement.
My body is showing signs of wear and tear and health, mental and physical is my top priority.
My new pursuit of yoga will help and give me the flexibility I feel will be beneficial at this point in my life.
If it is a big decision, give yourself permission to take your time.
Sleep on things, talk it over with friends and family or meditate.
If it is something from your list that you need to do today, walk away, make a coffee. The right choice will become clear.
If your gut tells you something isn’t right generally it isn’t. We are very intuitive beings. Learn to trust that intuition or gut feeling that says something isn’t working and move on to something else.
Peter and I once bought a business that we had to jump through hoops to get into for months beforehand. We didn’t read the signs and see them for what they were. It was very soon into running that business that things went bad. Extracting ourselves from the mess took its toll on both of us.
Learn to trust your judgment and intuition. There are always signs, tune into them and they will generally steer you in the right direction.
Life is way too short to work on something that isn’t going to work. Better to cut your losses and stop now than to see it through to fruition and then watch it fail or get receive no joy it.
Perhaps you are experiencing extreme overwhelm. That is a time to stop assess what you are doing and decide if there is anything that you can put aside until later or drop completely.
Being overwhelmed is not productive. Do what you can to prioritise things in your life now.
We need space in our time, our lives and our surroundings for new and positive things to be able to enter.
How do you prioritise you your life?
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