Today is Monday. Do you have a busy week ahead? Sometimes we have so much to do that we don’t even know where to begin. Other times, we have so much time that we fritter it away and end up failing to accomplish even the few things we had on our list. Today’s quote challenges us to focus not on the amount of time we have, but on how we choose to use it: “Lack of time is actually lack of priorities. ~ Tim Ferriss.
The choices we make, both with our time and possessions, reflect our true priorities. How we spend our time is the proverbial “proof in the pudding.” Of course, we all have obligations that we must fulfill, but how we use our free time is quite revealing. For instance,
- If we tell our children that it is important to read, but we rarely sit down with a book, is reading truly a priority?
- If we talk about the value of exercise, but rarely workout, do we honestly believe that exercise will make us feel good?
- If we want a new job, are we taking steps to find one, or just complaining about the one we have?
The truth is that most of us allocate time for our priorities, we just fail to acknowledge what our true priorities are, such as:
- social interaction
- financial gain
- physical release
These are all good things, and we shouldn’t feel bad about them. Nevertheless, it is wise to be aware of what our true priorities are, especially when one is in conflict with another. When this happens, such as when we want to get more sleep, but we also want to get up early and exercise, we need to intentionally rank our priorities. If everything is important, nothing is important. When we fail to set clear priorities for our time, we are likely to gravitate toward whatever is easiest and least demanding.
Today’s challenge is to prioritize your “to do” list. One way is to rank each item in terms of importance, and then begin with whatever you have selected as “#1.” Another approach is to put a “*” next to the top three tasks on your list, and work on these before letting yourself move on to anything else. By focusing on those things that you have mindfully prioritized, you will feel a greater sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
Do you ever struggle to set priorities? What will you prioritize most today?