I can’t remember a time I didn’t make lists. Maybe it’s because I’ve always filled up my plate pretty full. I’m also a long-time believer in planning. I’m a planner in my life and in my writing. Pretty much everything. The problem is, I’m overly optimistic. Things usually take about 3 times longer than I anticipate. I ALWAYS run out of time…which of course is a fallacy. We have all the time there is. We can’t get more time, we can only choose to use what time we have.
Which is how prioritizing fits in. You know…pick and choose how we are going to spend our time. In a workshop I took a number of years ago, the speaker said that the average parent spends about 7 minutes per day in meaningful conversation with their children (i.e. non-yelling). That struck me, because I think most of us would agree family should be a priority, and yet this statistic indicated that each day only 7 out of 1440 minutes per day is spent in meaningful conversation with our children.
The trouble is, we all I know we should prioritize. I know this. I know I spend time not always doing what is the highest priority. Until something happens…until we are faced with the ‘why’ we need to prioritize. Until…we get sick; a family member gets sick; we lose a family member; we lose a job; we lose an opportunity… the list goes on and on. Do yourself a favor. Prioritize what you do today…and spend time on what’s important. You won’t regret it!