Monday, September 30, 2013

Managing Competing Priorities

Three years ago we bought our "dream home".  It isn't a castle, but it has ingredients of country casual we love. The fact this home would need extra work since it's got a large property to maintain and is a larger sized home, did not appear to be an issue, but lately it's been getting to be an issue. 

I'm finding the constant cleaning, reorganizing, repairing, redoing, and so on, are keeping me from doing more of what I find deeply fulfilling.

At times, there are so many competing priorities, I fail to take action.  It's much easier to sit at my computer (if you know what I mean). 

At times, I'm called away from certain jobs and they remain incomplete. 

Other times, the weather interferes.  Who wants to garden in the rain?

Here are a few strategies I'm going to put into place to curb this constant problem:

  1. Keep main areas tidy and clean on an ongoing basis, but only because doing so meets a personal value I've set--to be ready to show hospitality to whoever visits.  Also, regular maintenance will help the work from building up.
  2. Identify what's working and what's not.  Develop a picture for each area that begs improvement.  Don't start on an area until the time can be scheduled to do it from start to finish.  
  3. Budget time and money to complete #2.
  4. List all the tasks weighing me down and schedule them into the week.  But only with a goal that once they are done I'll be free to pursue relationships and do more fun activities. 

One of the main reasons for competing priorities is we are multi-faceted.  We have a spiritual life to develop.  We have a social life to upgrade.  We have part of us that wants to, or has to, carry out meaningful work for pay.   We have relationships with family members to maintain.  We have our body to look after from exercise to medical appointments.  Many of us have pets to look after from dog walking to vet appointments.  We have our finances to maintain. We have our wardrobe to maintain.  We have our home to maintain. 

Then we have the impromptu events that creep up on us; a tap leaks, we need to bake for an event (which leaves the kitchen a mess), plants are knocked over, we're told a parcel needs picking up...

Each day as goals are set, each area of our multi-faceted being should be addressed.  Time for the impromptu and for pure fun will need to be allowed for. 

Once time for each of these nine areas mentioned is scheduled in it's easy to see why there is little time for big projects.

Here's a suggested list to run through when planning your days.  Ask, what will I need to do today in these areas:  

  1. Spiritual
  2. Social
  3. Paid Work
  4. Relationships with Family
  5. Physical Body
  6. Pets
  7. Finances
  8. Wardrobe
  9. Chores

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Life Journey - A General Review

Thank you for logging in today. I pray God will show you something special through today's post!

We are all on a journey. The NIV of the Bible cites the term journey 58 times. God is interested in our journey and leads us.

A literal journey simply is passage or travel from one place to another. A figurative journey is moving from one place in life to another.

Our journey includes emotions and thoughts:

Life has its ups and downs, and plateaus. We face mountains, storms and find ourselves in valleys. It also involves action steps and geography.  We have places to go, people to see, things to do.  Our journey includes our occupations, accommodations, family life, finances, you name it.

We journey in and out of interests and hobbies:

Way back it might have been crafting, folk art, oil painting, or guitar. Maybe now we could care less about those. Maybe today it's writing, digital photography, landscaping.

Plateaus are needed: 

Plateaus let us rest and view the beauty of our accomplishments and of those around us.  Plateaus help us prepare for new assignments.  Plateaus help us rest and regroup. Never dismiss a plateau or call it wasted time.


Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I where I need to be to complete my personal assignments for today?
  2. What do I need to complete today so I can pursuit a new step?
  3. What is it time to walk away from so I will have physical, mental energy and more time to move forward?

If you're on a plateau, or need one, make sure you take it.  If you start slipping downhill from your plateau however, look for help in moving uphill again.  There are still new places to go.  New people to meet.  New things to do.  New mountains to climb.