Time. That thing that you often want more of yet there are only ever going to be 24 hours in the day. Quite often you find yourself busy doing tasks that take up more of your time than you would like. However, are those tasks really your priority? Do they add value to your goals? How do you find time for things that are important in your life?
First, it is not about finding more time in the day. Everyone gets the same 24 hours to do the things they need to do. What it means is re-evaluating your priorities to make better use of that time.
Second, when you place value on the important things in your life, you will respect them more and do them with love – because they are of high value to you.
So, how do you reflect on what you most value in life?
It starts with knowing your values. Reflect on your values and eliminate or outsource tasks that do not align. What tasks do you do that can be done by someone else? Can you share tasks with another person such as a family member.
Once you know what you value in life, you can then ask yourself a few questions that help you understand what your true priorities are.
- What makes you happy?
- What do you love to do more than anything?
- What are you most proud of?
- What makes you relaxed?
- Where do you feel at home and most balanced?
- Where do you want to go, how do you want to get there?
- Who do you want to become?
It may help to sit in reflection where you won’t be disturbed with a journal. It is important not to think too deeply about these questions but allow yourself to write about the first thing that comes to mind when you ask each question. Your journal is a safe place where you can be honest with yourself and what you truly value in life.
When you know who you are and what you value, you can start to make small changes towards aligning life towards what is important. You can start outsourcing low priority tasks that don’t add value and to make time to really focus on those activities and people that truly matter in your life.