Prioritization is the Key to Life

You've had your morning coffee. 

You arrive at work with a mental agenda and a good feeling about all you wish to accomplish that day.  Checking your email reveals a high priority message from your boss; just then a co-worker calls you to discuss complications on a project. You've now got two items needing your immediate attention when Harry the hypochondriac leans against your cubicle to give you a detailed account of his weekend adventures with food poisoning.  Your blood pressure rises and your head screams "I don't have TIME for this!"  That good, productive, get-it-done feeling you had is gone in a matter of minutes and so is your clear mental agenda of what you wanted to accomplish.

You are not alone.  It always seems that there is not enough time in the day. We get pulled in a variety of directions and our own agenda for the day gets lost or buried. Events happen everyday that are beyond our control but we can control how we respond.  By setting and clarifying our priorities, we are able to stay focused, think more clearly and minimize our stress throughout the day.  

Setting goals is the first step--that good mental agenda.  When life seems to get out of control --that priority email from your boss and phone call from your co-worker--you'll need to shift your priorities. Ask yourself, "What is the most important task that I need to do in this moment?" Then prioritize again - "Gee, Harry, I'm sorry for your experience, but if you'll excuse me, I've got a lot of work to do to meet this deadline and I'd rather make it to my son's baseball game than stay late again at work tonight."  

Whether at work or at home, you need to clarify what you value - what is most important. Being dependable at work is a core value for you but also is being a good parent. By understanding this, you can clearly navigate through the chaos of the day and eliminate all of those distractions, getting back to that good mental agenda that started your day!

Refresh & Rejuvenate

Transformations are occurring all around us. The colorful leaves falling from the trees rejuvenate the forest floor with needed nutrients. Our organizations are upgrading technology to improve operating capacity to meet year-end business goals. We start remodeling projects to get our homes ready for the fast approaching holiday season.

These natural evolutions are important to enrich our lives but how are we refreshing ourselves these days?  Are we investing time, energy and resources to nurture our mind, body and spirit? 

In January's newsletter, we shared information on developing balanced goals this year in four areas: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.  Now is the time to revisit these goals to ensure our success this Fall.

  • Improve your physical well-being---take a daily walk outside or eliminate sugary drinks.
  • Grow intellectually---read a book on leadership or complete a skill profile.  
  • Enhance yourself spiritually---meditate or pray daily.
  • Enrich yourself emotionally---set a date to have lunch with a customer or friend you haven't connected with in a while.

Take the time to transform. Whether it's a system upgrade at work, a kitchen remodel at home, or time for personal reflection on yearly goals, look not on Fall as a time of dormancy, but a time to revisit, refresh, and rejuvenate! 

Rhythm of Life

Rhythm is all around us.  The changing of the seasons.  The sun rising in the East and setting in the West.  The high and low tides of the ocean. The beating of our hearts.  Our entire existence is a cycle of regularly recurring elements, activities, and patterns. 

When life seems to be going great - good health, gainful employment, little conflict, positive energy --- we feel happy, satisfied, fullfilled, and in rhythm.  When something upsets that pacing - change in health, loss of a job, relationship conflict, negative energy---we feel anxious, unsettled, stressed, and out of rhythm.   

Changes in rhythm may seem unnatural and stressful.  However, changes in rhythm are just as natural as the rhythms themselves.  A swirve in jet stream gives us a rare 60-degree January day. The times of the sunrise and sunset vary throughout the year.  The high and low tides change with the lunar cycle.  Our heart beats faster when we fall in love and stops when broken.  

A part of life is recognizing a different pattern and learning to cope with the new beat.  To experience true joy, we must also experience pain. During times of sadness, take a deep breath and remember, "this too shall pass."  Likewise, during times of happiness and pure joy, take in every minute and remember "this too shall pass." 

Simply being aware of the changes in rhythm, can help us adjust, remain positive, and in stay in tempo with our life's journey. 

Quote of the Month

"Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard for it."

 

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