Make Time for The Priorities in Your Life

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Make Time for The Priorities in Your Life

With so many tasks and responsibilities competing for our time, it’s hard to make time for everything in our lives.  Therefore, it is important to establish what our main priorities are. To decide what aspects of our lives are more important than the others and allocate the required time and attention to them.

You might consider that you have lots of priorities but what you really need to decide is which priorities are vital to your life, not just your work.  What priorities help you to develop as a person and cement who you are?  Below are five areas that are considered to be important to many people, your own priorities might be slightly different. Whatever you decide your own top priorities are, the principle is the same, make time for them and nurture them.

Family

We should always make time for our family. Our family are often our support network, our companions through life and the reason we work so hard.  We shouldn’t neglect them or take them for granted.  Whilst we might strive to work hard to provide for them, it’s important to remember that our company is just as valuable to them.  We need to be able to switch off from work when we’re with them, listen to what they’re saying and spend quality time with them. This is only possible if we manage our work time adequately and ensure that when we’re out of our office/workplace we are not checking emails/social media/ebay sales etc.

Health

Along with our families, our health is probably the most important aspect of our lives.  Without good health, we would struggle to work or do alot of the things that we enjoy. Our health is influenced by our genes, wealth and lifestyle factors.  We have influence over our wealth and lifestyle factors.  Wealth determines the food we can buy but if we are striving for wealth, we might work too many hours and choose quick food fixes at random times of the day. Neglecting the need to nourish our bodies with good nutritional meals.

Exercise is also known to be important to our health. Wealth could buy us a gym membership and the latest top of the range bike, however, if we’re always working, it will just become a waste of money.  It is therefore, a fine balance between working enough to be comfortable and finding the time to eat well and exercise and working too much to be wealthy and burning ourselves out so that we make bad food choices and do not have the time or energy for exercise.  It is therefore, important to give our health the priority it needs and make time for it.

Career

Our careers are important and to do well in our chosen one we often need to make time to study and undergo training.  Therefore, along with family and our health, we need to allocate the necessary time to study or keep up to date with developments within our chosen area.  We might also need to nurture our professional relationships by networking or team training.  Whatever, we need to do to establish, maintain and progress our careers, it shouldn’t be at the expense of our family or our health.  We need to allocate the necessary time to each.

Personal Development

Nurturing and developing our mind is important to our work and our relationships.  Make time to read, travel and seek out new knowledge, this enables you to be constantly evolving.  A thirst for knowledge is always worth finding time for.

Spiritual Development

If spiritual development is important, make time for meditation and allow yourself to nurture your beliefs.  Meditation can have a positive effect on our physical and mental health. So making time for it can reap huge rewards.

What are the priorities in your life, do you make time for them or are they an add on? Something to do if you unexpectedly find yourself with a few minutes spare.

Whatever your priorities are, allowing adequate time for them will enrich your life.

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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4 thoughts on “Make Time for The Priorities in Your Life

  1. Time is our most important asset so we must use it wisely. You have highlighted the most important aspects of our life and how we must devote time to nurturing relationships within our family, whilst still looking after our health and career. Thank you for summarising the importance of time in our lives.

  2. Great article Mike! I would put friends in with family, my friends, the really good ones who are with me when life gets messy, are VITAL for my self care….when I don’t prioritise time with them, my life is much poorer.

    I am very lucky that for me, four of these priorities gel together…..my yoga practice, not just on the mat but in my daily living, taps into career, health, personal and spiritual development, so as long as I prioritise Yoga, everything else flows from that!

    • Thanks for dropping by Esther, I think prioritising time for ourselves will always join things together, whist recovering from my heart attacks and stroke, i was introduced to Tai Chi, and it has become a fundemental part of my daily routine and underpins all the other ares, thanks for taking the time to comment.