I recently met with a client and asked, “What’s going well?” Her quick response was, “I really like the pace of my life right now!” My client went on to say she has scheduled her priorities and doesn’t want to add or take away anything in this season of her life. She was content with the areas she has identified as important and is living a life she loves.
This is a regular part of my coaching sessions. I suggest you try this simple exercise once a month, once a quarter, or twice a year. In fact, we’ve recently hit the halfway point of 2014, which is a great time to evaluate the priorities you identified at the beginning of the year. How are you doing? Would your spouse, children and/or closest friends be able to pick out your priorities by the way you are living?
It’s important to take time to list your current priorities, then check in with yourself and ask if you are scheduling your priorities or is your schedule taking over your life and not leaving room for the things you most value? You may think this is a mundane task, but take a look at your calendar and checkbook….do they reflect what is most important to you? Take some time and honestly look at your schedule, your activities, and your investments.
After you pray and ponder these things, decide if any changes need to be made. Or maybe you are happy with the pace of your life. Be grateful, because as my client said during our session, tomorrow may be a different story! We all know that life happens. Children get sick, tires go flat, and a million other scenarios as to why you may need to change up your day or maybe your week! Summer was always challenging for me as a Mom who worked from home. All the camps, sleepovers and other activities made my calendar look like a mess with all the scratched out entries. I finally realized I needed to build in more margin during certain seasons of my life.
This exercise is often more fun and usually more effective when you have accountability. You could share this topic with your spouse and discuss your personal priorities along with those of your family. Together how can you make your family priorities a reality? Or, share this with your Bible Study group, a good friend, or coach. There is power in saying your priorities aloud and having someone else to encourage you to meet them.
Remember, living into your priorities won’t just happen. You must choose to live intentionally into those things you value. If you want more ideas on how to live a life you love, check out our book, “iChoose2 Love My Life” in our iBloom store.
What are your top five priorities in this season? How will you intentionally make them a reality? Share with us in the comment section below.