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     Get More Out Of Time By Prioritizing

What would life be like without setting your priorities?

Jason is on his lunch break and has to call home to tell his significant other that he is going to be WORKING LATE because he has to finish a project due tomorrow morning. His mate reminds him that tonight is the opening night for his son's school play. Jason says that he will RUSH things at the office and make it for the play, but he can't stay after because he has to rush to his office to finish up the project. While he is sitting in the audience, he is thinking about what has to be done on the project and wondering if he will finish it in time. He is also nervous for his son, because he isn't sure how much time was put into rehearsing lines. Because of his lack of setting priorities early on, Jason was unable to give either his son or the project the ATTENTION deserved.

So what do you have to do to make sure that your priorities are getting the fullest attention?
  • CLARIFY your priorities. Are they your career, your family, your religion, your health? Then you need to schedule time for these priorities.

  • Make a MASTER TASK LIST -- things that you want to accomplish in general to the benefit of these priorities.

  • Create a TO DO LIST -- things to do each day to further your priorities.

  • SCHEDULE specific times to work on these tasks, if you can.

Had Jason set his priorities, the scenario would more than likely gone this way: Jason is sitting at his desk one day and notices that his son's school play opens at the end of the month. He PLANS his evenings to spend time with his son to help him work on his lines. The following day Jason goes into work and there is a memo on his desk about an important project due the day after his son's play. He goes to his desk and schedules APPOINTMENTS with his assistant to work on the project. According to this schedule, the finished project will be on his boss's desk two days in advance. Jason keeps most of his EVENINGS open to spend with his son and the rest of the family, and schedules two nights a week for working on the project. Because of setting priorities early on, he is able to go to his son's play, with a CLEAR MIND, thinking about the praise from his boss about what a wonderful job was done on the project, and he gets to see his son, acting with confidence, because he knows his lines.

So, what would life be like with setting your priorities? You become a WELL-ROUNDED individual, taking care of first things first. Your mind is set at EASE, knowing, with confidence, that important things are getting accomplished, and even the lesser things in life have their place and are being carried out. In other words, because of priorities, you are able to get more out of your time.


Linda DePaz is an Organizing Consultant who helps her clients choose to be clutter-free in their life, home, and office. You may visit her website at www.beclutter-free.com.

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