|Priorities in life....what's really important?|
And, I need time to clarify what’s really important in life and where I spend my energy.
Part of what I looked at was the Eisenhower Matrix of time management.
It really helped me start thinking more clearly. Not just about time, but about my priorities. I’m not totally there yet, but it’s been a good start!
It’s different than writing out goals or dreams. While both of those are very important, I struggled to implement them.
This is where the Eisenhower Principle of decision-making came in. So, what is this methodology?
Eisenhower was quoted as saying, “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent."
Which eventually led to four categories. Any given task falls under one of them.
Important & Urgent
Important & Not Urgent
Not Important & Urgent
Not Important & Not Urgent
Guess which category jumped out at me? Important and Not Urgent. You know, the one that says PLAN.
As I read examples from this category, I realized I don't PLAN very well. I’ve neglected this category and lived in the other three….
But when you live in the quadrant of Important and Not Urgent (PLAN) and get rid of Not Important and Not Urgent (STOP), the other two (DO & DELEGATE), become smaller and more manageable. Then you can get on with what’s really important.
What did I learn from reading about all this?
I confused “time wasting” activities with the true rest of “rest and relaxation.”
There are time wasters (escapes) I need to jettison from my life. Then, I need to add in the long-term taking care of me and actually do strategic planning towards my dreams.
I’ve started analyzing what I do. There’s definitely time I can recover in my life from doing mindless things and add that time to the mindful column.
I know this can’t happen all over-night. But it has started. And I’m excited about that.
|I want to just enjoy a sunset|
To take a breath and have room to think.
To use a pen and pencil if an idea strikes.
To play board games.
To sit on the sofa and read if I want to.
To go old school and ponder the universe.
And then come back refreshed on Mondays. Ready to write, blog and do my photography all week long!
How about you? Is there an area where you need to rethink your priorities? Or change the way you're living life right now?
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