Thank you for stopping by! I’m continuing with my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Priorities, and Pursuing Purpose. Yesterday I published a summary post on Part 1: Preventing Procrastination, with links to all the posts in that part. Please check it out if you haven’t already read those posts – or if you would like to review them.
Today is the introduction to Part 2: Prizing Prioritizing.
The dictionary definition of priority is “Precedence, especially established by order of importance or urgency; something afforded or deserving prior attention; something given specified attention.”
This also means that even priorities need to be prioritized, because some are more deserving of “specified” attention than others. In my life, my priorities are God first, and then the special people in my life: hubby; family; friends; and others such as bloggers, colleagues, classmates, and quilters!
After people, my next set of priorities includes work, education, and leisure; the difficulty has been in how I should organize or prioritize those three, as the “importance or urgency” changes from day to day. The most crucial thing, I think, is that things should not take precedence over people, who are much more deserving of attention.
Taking a cue from the real estate mantra of “Location-Location-Location” — I’m thinking a good one for freelancers who work from home is “Prioritize-Prioritize-Prioritize” because we need to clearly define boundaries between our personal lives and our work. This is especially difficult since our work is also where we live. Sometimes it takes an unpleasant event to let us know that our priorities are out of order or off balance.
For instance, if your spouse or significant other, or your children, or other important people in your life, start letting you know they miss you and wonder if/when you will ever have time for them…there’s a good chance things are out of balance!
So what do YOU think?
Are you good at prioritizing?
Do you have strategies that help you manage or balance your priorities?