Prioritize! Does your day start with a checklist and end with a bigger checklist? We wonder how are we going to fit everything in a 24hr time? Or the worst, how on earth did I forget such an important item today? This pretty much sums up all of us at some point in our lives, or currently, or for some, this IS life. Let’s talk about prioritizing and get our life to fit back into a 24hr day.
For a moment, I want you to imagine a jar. Beside that jar are ping pong balls and marbles. Each sphere represents the demands in our life. The ping pong balls are our bigger responsibilities. Those would include but aren’t limited to, work, family, home, church, sleep etc. The marbles represent the smaller things that take up our day, such as, social media, television time, phone time, extended family, etc. These are all so different for all of us, so be thinking how you would represent the way you spend your day and your to-do list. If you take all the small marbles and put them in first, the ping pong balls will not all fit. However, if you put the ping pong balls in first, and then the marbles, the marbles will work themselves around the ping pong balls and it will all fit.
Prioritize! What are you Putting in Your Life First?
We need to prioritize our responsibilities and decide that we put in that jar first. Once we have taken care of our most important items, the rest will find a way to fit in our schedule.
The first step is to make a list of all your responsibilities and all your “extra” items or things you would like to see happen. Writing it down will bring life to these areas in your life and help you focus on what matters to you.
Next, don’t try to fit 28 different balls into a small mason jar. Know your limits. Be realistic with your time. For some, just focusing on the ping pong ball responsibilities is all that can be handled.
Last, adjust when needed. Life is ever changing and our list of priorities will change, so be flexible and don’t beat yourself up if you go to bed one night and your checklist wasn’t completed. Analyze yourself constantly and see what changes need to be made so that you can be better at accomplishing your to-do list and prioritize for tomorrow.
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Owned and operated by Melinda Smith, CPO®, we offer Business Training & Consulting with a Twist! Our sweet spot is working with Entrepreneur’s and their companies to create a productive work environment, happy home, and prosperous you! Our passion is listening to clients goals, thinking through solutions and also coming up with creative 360² action plans that address work, home, and you! Learn to Love Going to Work Again! Increase Time with Your Family! Get Things Done! Our process is simple and geared toward the professional. You CAN get your LIFE back in BALANCE!
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Melinda Smith, CPO® organizes and executes action plans, training, and consulting. Great referrals are business owners, executives, and companies looking for sustainable change. Above all, she can help create a more productive work, a happy home, and a prosperous you.
Particularly relevant is the fact that Melinda has worked with companies and individuals for over 20 years. Conducting workshops across the East Coast, they include over 60 cities in 19 states. Equally important focus topics include Strategic Thinking, Teambuilding, and Organization. As well as Balance Strategies, Stress Management, and Embracing Change.
After all, Melinda was one of the first 200 in the nation to achieve a Certified Professional Organizer status. Also, she is also a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui (pronounced feng shway).
Melinda has owned Balance & Harmony 360², Inc., since 2003. She is also the author of The Complete Guide for Balance & Harmony OWL Kit. Also, this kit consists of a book, workbook, and F.O.C.U.S. Journal as well as five products to help organize Work, Home, and You.
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