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When you were younger, what was the first thing you thought about when you got home from school?
You already knew what you wanted and you knew what to do in order to achieve it, right?
Fast forward a couple *ahem* years.. you’re an adult.
So what are your priorities now?
We all want a reasonable work-life balance, right?
Grab a notepad. It’s time to make a list.
Now that you have your notes ready, ask yourself:
- What are my priorities? Write everything that comes to mind.
A few things to consider:
- Your job and what is required of you
- Family/friend time
- Alone time (including self-care)
Now you have a good idea of ALL of your priorities.
Here are some tips to help you:
EVERYTHING that is important
Take a look at your list.
Is everything on it?
If you can’t make it through your day without it, it needs to be on that list!
Even if you love your job, work is the toughest thing to prioritize.
What’s the most important thing you need for your job?
- If you’re in retail, patience.
- If you’re in construction, safety equipment.
- If you’re a teacher, lesson plans.
Are there certain responsibilities you have that are exclusively yours?
Are you only allotted certain hours to work?
Quite often, your work priorities are clear cut so list them all.
Let's Get Personal
Your personal life.
Figuring out what’s important to you in your personal life can be a bit trickier than in your work life. There’s a lot more responsibility when you’re not on the clock.
Establishing a more effective work-life balance should be the goal here. You don’t want to be always stuck in work mode so it’s important to think about what goes on “after hours”.
- What do you care about keeping around the most?
- What is important to those you care about?
I’m not telling you to base your priorities on what means more to someone else, but you might want to take some things into consideration.
Don't Neglect Your Mental Health
Please do yourself a huge favor and prioritize your mental health.
That affects you more than anything else, therefore can only be taken care of by you.
You can check out my post HERE for some resources.
You and Others
An example of something that would be important to those you care about: spending time with your spouse/partner or kids.
If you feel that you have neglected them in the past, it’s time to change that.
Time is your only non-renewable resource. Don’t waste it.
Make your family a priority.
Now that you have everything written down, it’s time to take that list and rewrite it in order of importance.
Outline and rearrange your list. Think of all your priorities as a puzzle. Piece them together until they fit together nicely and work for your big picture.
Yes, it’s possible that something might not fit in with your new big picture..
..and that’s okay!
Sometimes you end up with extra puzzle pieces and it’s okay to get rid of them.
Don’t let a rogue piece ruin your work-life balance puzzle.
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