How do you choose which item gets your attention first?

**Edited and revised on 2/16/2021.

This week’s topic is about managing priorities. Many of us are struggling to balance our personal lives with our work lives. The most common complaint: exhaustion.

We may have new projects at work, but we also have graduations, planning vacations, family time, summer camps or we have work deadlines, registrations, tournaments, trainings, proms or we have client meetings, deaths, birthdays, and date night. Our emotions are being tugged – every which way — and sometimes, we want to throw our hands up in the air and yell, “STOP!” It’s a lot to handle, right?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I feel like I am running as fast as I can just to keep up and not really doing a very good job at anything. Do you feel like that, too?

This past weekend, I researched best practices for prioritizing projects and remembered something I had learned when I was writing my course, Power Up Your Potential. Maybe I was looking at all of this juggling in the wrong way.

Sometimes, even the Pros can forget what they’ve learned when they don’t make the time for personal reflection

So I asked the question, “What would happen if I just took a breath and looked at what really matters most to me — My family, my friends, work, how I want to feel at the end of the day et al — and built my days around that?

Sometimes, asking better questions gives you better results. By simply asking a “prioritizing values” question, I came up with a super easy way for you and me to “live” our priorities instead of living someone else’s demands. Who doesn’t want to feel proud and satisfied about one’s experiences at the end of the day?

When you and I prioritize our values within the given constraints of work and family obiligations, it becomes easier to be more efficient and more effective without the added stress.

Juggling priorities can be easier when you do it this way!

Prioritizing Values in 3 Moves

  1. Outcomes – Get clear on the most important quality of life experiences you want to have. List them and list how often they need to happen.
  2. Identify Constraints – What obligations, time challenges and other people’s agendas get in the way of the outcomes you want to achieve?
  3. Planning – Create a plan to acheive your outcomes given your current constraints. What do you have to do to ensure that you finish the day feeling what you want to feel? How resourceful and creative can you get to create a win/win for yourself? Then schedule your most important outcomes on the calendar.

When you schedule and start achieving your most important outcomes every day, calm, satisfaction, pride and peace of mind happen more often. When these moves become a habit, watch how your life can transform to something extraordinary

Listen, these moves are not rocket science, but they do work. Sometimes, common sense is not common practice when there is too much noise going on in our lives. Try these moves for yourself and see if your quality of life improves.

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If you think you may need some help with your prioritization skills, you can click here to Learn more about High Performance Coaching. I want the very best for you and coaching could be the next right step for you!

Thank you so much for reading and until next time, make the most of the time you have!

With love and respect,

Coach