Put First Things First

Don’t ask me why it’s taken me such a long time to get back to working on my blog. Could it be the rush of the holiday season? If so, that’s a pretty poor excuse, but whatever it is, it’s good to be exercising these writing muscles again.

I thought I’d write something a little more personal this time around, but I think this really applies to both our personal and professional lives.

When you hear the word priorities, do you cringe? Would you rather not think about what your most important priorities are on a daily basis because maybe this reminds you  of those projects that  you’ve been procrastinating on?  Why do we find ourselves so often neglecting our most important priorities.

Now that we are in the midst of the holiday season, we’re all rushing around as we do every December, feeling more stressed, and wishing we had more time to get those cards out, those presents wrapped, and then there are the bills that still have to be paid, and the regular daily jobs that we have to do.  Right? They never go away just because the holidays are here. Life still goes on.

If you stop to think about what is important for you to accomplish on a daily basis in comparison to what is urgent,   For everyone, it’s something different, depending upon each personality and lifestyle.

What about putting first things first, whatever that may mean to you in order of importance. If we look at what we consider to be urgent, then we need to ask ourselves, How urgent is this? Is it really  necessary that I  get this done immediately?Or is there something else that’s a little bit more important that I’ve put on the back burner for a while that I need to give my attention to.

What about making two lists, one for  the things that you feel are urgent     and one for those things that you feel are important.    You might discover that the things that you’ve thought of as urgent, are really not that urgent after all. Only you will know the answer, and you probably will end up learning a lot about yourself in the process.  Just some food for thought.  Happy holidays!