There are always a whole bunch of topics that go through my mind on a day to day basis but the first and most important that I can think about now is PRIORITY!
I asked myself these questions while I had time off for the Christmas Holidays:
DO I HAVE MY PRIORITIES TOGETHER?
What do I need to do to prioritize my schedule to ensure the most effectiveness and productivity?
Am I maximizing the time I have to get my priorities in order?
Last but not least, to ensure thorough completion of my daily or long-term priorities am I giving it my all, my best effort?
Prioritizing is the key to a healthy life style and future success. We cannot just depend on people to have our best interest at heart and to constantly remind us of accomplishing our future goals/dreams. In order to execute a plan and follow it through to its entirety we have to prioritize.
We may find these issues when applying for college, joining the military, stabilizing finances, finding time in the day to exercise, incorporating more family time in your schedule or having an organized schedule, and most importantly developing a sturdy relationship with God.
I believe that nothing is real until your write it down. That is the first step in prioritizing. Once, you write it down, well, maybe you want to share it with a trusting friend, spouse, significant other. (Maybe they can assist and encourage you in reaching your full potential) You can invest in a big 2016 Calendar, white/chalkboard, journal/notebook/daily planner, anything that you feel would help you in remembering and doing. After you make it known what you want to do and accomplish, now it is time to execute your plan of action.
These are examples:
I know I want to get all debt paid off this year, manage my finances better, and most of all save!
(Just to think about: Get paid on the first and 15th or Monthly, instead of spending excess money on fast food or mediocre nonsense set up an automatic allotment to an IRA or Roth Certificate, savings account, or shoe box, anywhere you can’t touch this money. If you got a raise and live perfectly fine off of your fixed income then the difference of your raise amount can go towards your savings, retirement plan, stocks/bonds, house or car savings plan.
I need more time to get chores done:
(Just to think about: Since, it is just my husband and me we do a main chore aside from fixing the bed. So, Monday-Clean/Mop ALL floors, Tuesday-Clean Bathroom, Wednesday-Clean the Kitchen, Thursday-Give the dog a bath, Friday-Low/High Dust, Saturday-Laundry Day. You do a chore a day and maintain a neat and organized house/apartment throughout the week, you can relax for the most part on the weekend.)
I want to go to college or finish college:
- Decide what career field interests you the most.
- Look for colleges that meet your interest, ensuring they are accredited institutions.
- Research application requirements. (Write down, type, or print what you need to do to get accepted including all due dates for essays, test scores, and applications. Make not of financial aid, housing costs, etc. and their due dates as well.)
- If there are entrance examinations required ACT, SAT, etc. invest in preparation material, schedule a date to take the exam, schedule time to prepare for examination, and finally, ACE the examination!
- Submit application to the college of your choice.
- Research the types of financial aid you qualify for and make sure to apply for FAFSA or other financial aid grants or scholarships.
I need to lose weight to better my health in preventing diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. but my extensive work schedule prevents me from doing so… No, No, No!
It’s time to schedule your time to meet and maintain your health needs. So on your work calendar block off the time you need to go to the gym, sacrifice the some sleep and get up in the morning to go to the gym, or go to the gym immediately after work. You do not even have to go to the gym. You can go on walks or tuns on the nearest bike paths or around the block a few times and you can also create your own at-home exercises. You have time, it just depends on how you are prioritizing it!!!!
I do not force anything on anyone, but faith is one of my priorities. So I am just going to leave this here:
A – Admit that you are a sinner.
B – Believe that Jesus walked the earth and was a living sacrifice for us because of our sin.
C – Confess Jesus as your Savior!
No one is too busy for what they need to do to better their lives and what they find important. It is about prioritizing your schedule to meet your expectations and goals only to reap the results of your productivity!
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