Recently I wrote about life balance and setting the right priorities for life. Today I share the advantages of setting priorities. Knowing your priorities is empowering. Our heath, well-being, focus and enthusiasm benefit.
My personal priorities are
- Everything else
Putting me first may seem selfish. But it’s not. To get the right life balance we need to be our best. If not, our relationships are likely strained, our health neglected and our performance below par. If we can’t take care of ourselves how can we take care of anyone else? Attend to your needs first.
When I’m busy and neglect my health I’m more likely to be sick. I’m no use to my family or my employer. If I don’t get sufficient sleep, I get grumpy and no one wants me around. We are better placed to serve others when we feel great.
What is most important to you? The single most important focus in my life is my family. I draw strength from those I love. They are the ones that share my triumphs and successes. When things don’t work out they are there to pick up the pieces.
My family understands that there are times when I get absorbed by my work. This is okay for short periods. But we need each other. We need quality time together to share our thoughts and feelings, our dreams, our fears and our plans for the future. Meal times are not enough. We make time to spend together as family and time alone with each other.
After family my next priority is work. Without work we could not achieve our goals or do the things we enjoy.
There are times when work is my top priority and I have to put it ahead of the needs of me and my family. That’s okay for a short time but no good for the long run. Work is rewarding but it must be kept in check. If not, it will suck the life out of you!
Friends. We all need friends. And I’m blessed with some amazing friends.
A real friend is one who will tell you of your faults and follies in prosperity and assist with his hand and heart in adversity.
Friends are people we feel good with. They make us laugh, they hear us. They support us. And they hang out with us when we need time out. What’s more, they show us our strengths when all we see is weakness. They remind us of our accomplishments and encourage us to make our future. They are part of our lives and we are richer for spending time with them.
Friends give us stronger sense of self.
Everything else comes next. Not last. These things are important but they aren’t that important. Blogging and projects around the house fall into this category.
Setting priorities remind us of what we hold most dear and help us get back on track when things go awry. It worked for me and it can work for you too!
Have Your Say
Is life balance a struggle for you? How do you manage your priorities? What’s stopping you setting priorities for life? Please join the discussion.
Creative Commons image courtesy Chris Bingham.