I consider myself a very goal-oriented person who strives to prioritize things in life according to goals desired. But listening to guest speaker, Stephen Buckley, made me wonder if I’m prioritizing my time effectively. Buckley said, “Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.” This is actually a quote from Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
That statement made me do a little searching, which led me to a blog written by Bernice Wood, a mother of four children who began blogging her personal struggles in order to help others avoid burnout and live a healthier life.
Wood gives insight into the quote by Covey and offers some tips to help everyone learn how to change the way they prioritize their life. Shift your thinking, is her first suggestion. By thinking about the things that are most important to you, you will discover what needs prioritizing. If it’s family, what goals do you have for your family? Personal goals? Professional goals?
Second take action. Make a list of actions and activities that are needed in order for your priorities to come to fruition. She recommends not listing every action needed, just the next action needed for each priority. Then schedule these important actions into your schedule.After doing this exercise, I discovered some changes needed to occur in order to get schedule in line with my priorities. Be mindful that when you say ‘yes’, it’s an automatic ‘no’ to other options. So make sure your yes’s match your priorities.