Prioritizing

November 16, 2011 by  

I don’t know about you, but my life has been extremely busy since I took on this full time job. Part of prioritizing so that we don’t go totally crazy is to not take on too much. If you do, then you have to give up something.
For me, one of the things that is on kind of a hold right now is my blog. Ugh… I hate to say that, but there is no reason not to be honest with you all.
If you follow me, then you will realize I’m not posting as frequently as I used to. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of posting more often, but for now, I’m hanging on by a thin string.

I have been turning down most reviews that I have coming through. I’m not planning on having a gift guide this year. So things are changing.

Often people have a hard time prioritizing, so that they take on way too much, don’t want to give up anything (because they either volunteered for it or just love it) and then they fall apart because they can’t do anything the way they should.

How to prioritize:
1) Make a list of all the things you have to do daily.
2) Make a time line of when you plan to do those things on your list
3) Work your list and see if it is realistic.
4) If you can’t get it all completed as you planned, decide what you want to give up.
5) Rework your schedule again. If it still doesn’t work, take off another item.

We have to realize that we aren’t failures if we give something up! It is ok.
I’m not giving my blog up… I’m just not posting as much as I was.

My organizing posts take a lot of time to do. The writing is easy, but I have to actually go in and organize the area (time consuming) then process and edit all the photos and then put together the post. I would guess that one of my organizing posts takes a minimum of 10 hours from start to finish.

Give yourself a break…don’t go crazy – it is ok to give up one of the zillion things you are doing each day, as long as your family, your home are taken care of properly.

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4 Responses to “Prioritizing”
  1. Gil says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m one of those people that is constantly taking on too much, even though I’m also very careful about taking things on in general. It just slowly sneaks up on me. Case in point, I’ve got 3 young kids, 2 of my own businesses, about a dozen other ideas for other businesses (including my Professional Organizing one that I’ve been trying to get off it’s feet for over a year) and volunteer ministries to boot. But it’s wise not to only prioritize your life but be able to recognize when things are too much and be able to admit to having to stop or do less of something. Every yes means a no for something else.

  2. Jan says:

    Having a full-time job outside of the home is a very stressful undertaking. Every day I have dozens of topics I want to blog about. I am too tired after dinner at 8 pm to begin anything.

    My dream is to retire one day and actually have a taste of a normal life. 25 years at the same bookkeeping job is enough for me. It’s so true that you must prioritize. I have been planning and saving projects my entire life for that one day when I never have to drive in to work again.

    Hang in there.

  3. Sandy says:

    Thanks Jan. I do love what I’m doing at work that is the one big positive, but I feel bad that I’ve not been able to give my blog the attention I would like to.

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