Stephen Covey said it so well ~ “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
We are multi-faceted beings. There are so many moving parts to our lives. We get up in the mornings and take care of our personal hygiene, prepare food, and take care of our home environment.
We have our work to attend to if it’s running our business, going off to a job, or taking care of our family.
We need to take care of our health. This might involve preparing and eating healthy food, getting exercise, or going to bed at a reasonable hour.
We have our personal relationships to nourish. It’s so important to give time to our family – both those living in our home and our extended family. Friendships need to be fed and kept healthy. Going beyond our immediate circles and giving to the community is also important.
Our minds need nourishing. We may do that through reading, writing, or working on puzzles.
And we should take time for our spirituality. This might be through setting your intentions for the day, meditation, prayer, or being open to the unknown.
For me, it’s pretty difficult – no, impossible to focus on all of these areas each day. Some things are routines and really run on autopilot. Other days, I really focus in on one area. I may have a big work project that takes up most of my day. I may snack at my desk or on the job. I may not walk. I don’t really socialize. But I would never do this day after day.
Sometimes, family or health crisis takes over and work is set aside, and you just deal with what’s in your face. You go into a survival mode.
Other times you choose to highlight one part of your being because at this moment in time, it is the most important thing to you. So, for a few days this week, I am leaving my house and work behind (but not my husband) and going to visit my son, his wife, and my grandson in Virginia. I have been trying to accomplish this for several months and now it is scheduled. Yeah!