January 16, 2013

time and priorities.

I've been thinking a lot about the value of time lately, mostly because I chatted with a friend who regularly writes out "priority lists." Every so often, she'll make a list of her top priorities, in order, and see if she's allowing enough time for what's most important. Interesting, right?

I tried not to overthink anything — to just write things as they came to me:

1. Health, both physical and emotional.
2. Strong relationships with family and friends.
3. Personal and professional growth.
4. The just-for-fun stuff.

Truth is, the lines can blur among the four, but I tried to identify specifics within each group. What do I do that makes me feel like my truest, healthiest self? There's the physical stuff, like running and cooking and regularly going to the gym. But on the emotional side, there's also reading, writing, acting — which also, of course, lead to personal growth. For strong relationships, I thought of dates and outings and phone calls and video chats, and for the just-for-fun stuff, it was all about the Internet and TV.

A lot of it feels obvious, I know, but there's certainly something to be said for sitting back, evaluating what's important, and deciding whether your actions are in line with your priorities.

What do you think? Are you able to spend time on what's most meaningful to you?

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Francesca Forzoni said... [Reply to comment]

oh i love this - its been the new year new start for me and my list has been the exact same.. out an unhealthy relationship which damaged all four points - now out of that I'm literally on a 'Go-Girl' routine.. Think this is great and definitely agree :) xx

Angela said... [Reply to comment]

I feel like a lot of times I feel pulled so many different ways that I don't leave time for me, and what I feel is most important. I want to work on this in 2013. :)

Claire Kiefer said... [Reply to comment]

This is such an important topic. Lately, I've been thinking about how miserable I am at time management. Most days I'm amazed at how the morning/afternoon/evening has passed me by, and how much I wish I'd gotten done. This is a really good reminder to keep the most important things in mind.

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