How do you prioritise the time you set aside for yourself? I like to prioritise by writing lists. It is so satisfying to have a clean page in front of me, pen poised and ready to begin! So, what to write on our lists? How do we get motivated?
Here are some ideas:
- Things I love to do
- People I like to spend time with
- Places I want to visit
Whatever you choose to list, this exercise is about digging deeply, and to make sense of how we feel, as well as forcing us to be truthful and honest. This in turn helps us decide how to spend our time. Be sure to write down what you like and don’t like doing. Also what makes you feel happy, unhappy, etc, etc.
The next step is to prioritise from within these lists: either in the short term, (within the week/month) or longer term (the next 1-5 years). For example, I want to plan for the next phase of my life, which I will call my retirement phase, so I use the longer term. And I prefer to plan instead of just stumbling aimlessly, doing the same old things in the same old way.
Right for you
With your lists, put each item in order of importance to you, then pick out all the 1s, 2s and 3s, discarding the rest. You now have a good idea on what is important for you and how you want to spend your future time, be it in the short term, or in a longer period.
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