#088: Power Play – Priorities

Do you ever feel like you wish you had more time to commit to something?  More time to exercise, volunteer, work on a project, read, relax?  Because the reality is likely that you do have the time, but that thing just isn’t as high up on your priority list as you may think it is.

Sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough time, whether you’re busy with work, school, kids, or other responsibilities.  But if you really look at how you spend your time, there may be changes you could make to fit that one thing in if it really is a priority… going to bed early and getting up an hour earlier in the morning, limiting time spent on social media, browsing the internet and watching TV, cutting off time spent doing work when you get home if that’s an option for you, etc.  But maybe one of those things is important to you, and you have chosen to make it a priority.  And that’s okay, it’s just recognizing that it is a choice you have made.  A priority isn’t a priority if you have 50 of them.

Nicolle Antoinette wrote a blog post about priorities, and decided to make her top priority her mental health, which meant making time for things that are good for her (sticking to a sleep schedule even if it means missing out on something, regular visits to the doctor, activities that bring her joy like cooking and reading, running regularly), and avoiding high-pressure situations.  It doesn’t mean that you don’t have other priorities as well, but that you make the choice not to sacrifice your #1 priority for things that aren’t as important to you.

Game Plan:  Think about what you want to make your top priority right now, and structure your day around it.  If you really want to find the time to do something, you must find a way to make it.

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