These days, people think that the correct response for “How are you?” is “I’ve been busy, thanks!” To put it bluntly – busy is so overrated. Being busy just means you’re doing a lot. As to whether or not what you’re doing adds value to your life – that’s another story.
Are the things you’re doing getting you closer to your goals? Are you responsibly allocating your time and energy to things that matter to you? Because that’s what your priorities are all about. It’s knowing what matters to you and what makes your life a little fuller than it already is.
Needless to say, life is fleeting and it’s fleeting fast. The last thing you’d want is to wake up 50 years older and learn that most of your life has passed and you’re not happy with where you are. So how do you make sure you’ve got your priorities in check? Here are 5 steps!
Hit that pause button
Life can get the best of us. Especially, when we’re too close to a situation. Much so that we often lose sight of what brought us there in the first place. Sometimes we’re too focused on our daily tasks, we forget the bigger picture. Realignment of priorities is always a good idea.
Don’t be afraid to slow down and hit that pause button every once in a while. Take a few steps back and assess if you are where you need to be. Are you living a life you are proud of? Are the things you’re doing making you happy?
Track your time
Once you’re at a slower pace it’ll be easier to see your life for what it actually is. Like tracking your expenses, you should also track where all your time goes.
Make a list of the things you do on a daily basis and take note of how much time you actually dedicate to them. How much time do you spend on social media? How much time do you give your friends? More importantly, how much time do you save for taking care of yourself. Contrary to what most people think, making yourself a priority isn’t selfish – it’s sanity.
Based on this, are you spending enough time on the things that matter to you? Are you shaping yourself to be the kind of person deserving of your goals? When you’ve identified which tasks are very important, be sure to block specific hours for it. You can even set a daily alarm if you need reminding!
Cut off unnecessary tasks
Okay, so you know where all your time is going. And being one of the most valuable resources we can have, we need to decide on the things that are actually worth our time.
According to the Eisenhower Matrix, decision-making isn’t as hard as we think. It’s a matter of knowing the difference between important and urgent. Important are matters that have to be personally dealt with and urgent are matters that are time-sensitive.
This matrix remind us that we don’t need to do everything and shouldn’t be guilty of dropping the things that only adds clutter to our lives.
Check in with yourself
Lastly, it’s important to constantly check in with yourself. That doesn’t just mean checking if you are on track. It also means checking if you still feel fulfilled with the life you are living. Remember that as you grow, so do your priorities. Your priorities today will not be the same ones you’ll have 5 years from now and that’s okay! Embrace change, embrace growth!
At the end of the day, what matters is the kind of person you are turning into. If our lives are the amalgamation of what we do everyday, are you proud of the person your life is making you?
Getting your life together is a constant balancing act we all go through, but you don’t have to go through it alone. We’re here for you. Read more about Work-Life Balance on our blog! See you at Edukasyon.ph!