Step 3. Prioritising your to-dos
Just a quick recap if you didn’t get to read last weeks post.
Here are 5 steps to planning
Step 1. Journal
Step 2. Highlight your to-dos
Step 3. Prioritise your to-dos
Step 4. Schedule them into your planner
Step 5. Do them
Your Reasons why
The reasons why we should journal is to free up space in our minds so that more space is available to find solutions to our problems. Also, it helps get all the crap out of our minds and onto the table, well no on paper.
Step 1 was the journaling Step 2 was the highlighting your to-dos for that day.
A free journaling page you can use below
Ok so now that we have Journaling and highlighting done, your page is full with all the things you need to do. What do we do with our to-dos?
- you can write down all your to-dos on a new piece of paper or
- you can just jump into writing down your most important tasks in order of importance.
Now, bear in mind step 2 is no easy task to do if you are someone who loves lists and feels good after having crossed something offa it. If you are a list builder you might have things on there that are easy and quick to do, don’t take up much time to do and make you feel as if you have done loads which you have, but just not the things that will get you further. You might even feel that you have way too much on your plate and that you would love to just crawl back in bed. If that’s you then take a look at your list and use a red pen and start crossing stuff that can wait offa that list.
Always ask yourself, is this really something that I want to be doing? Is this something that will bring me a step closer to my goal or dreamy life. Remember what you wrote in your journal, about how you really want to spend your day. Was it really spent cleaning up after the kids and picking the undies from under your daughter’s bed? Or was it to sit down and write a page of your book? Was it sat at the computer looking at Facebook or was it working on your website?
Did you really want to stay indoors working on your story or did you want to sit outside and write it? Is phoning up 10 clients going to get you a step closer to your dream vacation or is folding the washing?
I know all these things need to be done. But do you have to do them or can your daughter? Do you really have to take the dog for a walk or can you son? Do you really have to fold your kids washing if they aren’t going to be put away in the cupboard, or can they do that?
Know what’s important to you!
My aunt once told me years ago, that, as a woman, you have to learn to be selfish! I thought she was crazy when she told me that. Put yourself first she told me, if you don’t, no one else will. Know what you want out of life, remember it is also your life and you have the right to live it the way you want to.
So know what you want, your reason why you want it, then schedule your day the way you want it! Never feel bad for wanting a good life, never feel bad for wanting more out of life. Have your schedule reflect the way you want to live life. Have your priority list do the same.
I know it’s not easy to change things all at once. Just a little at a time. Jack Canfield said do your 5 things to get to where you want to be every day. If 5 things are too much just do 1 to start off with. 1 thing a day to get to the life you want to have.
Start with your to-do list. Cross all the crapy things off that you don’t want to do. Believe me, you will feel better. Then do the EAT THAT FROG by doing the most important thing that needs to be done but you will hate doing it. Once it’s done you can go off and do the fun things that are on your list.
What no fun thing on there????
Then go back to your journal and find that fun thing you have always wanted to do. For me, it was walking the dog in the woods. I have been wanting to do that for years and never got around to doing it. Now that one of my fur babies has died, I promised myself that I wouldn’t wait any longer. I know walking in the woods doesn’t sound like much, for me, it’s a place to remember to have peace. But there was always something more important stopping me from going. So this past Sunday I took Edd and walked in the woods.
Time for you to prioritise.
There is a cool planner out there weekview which will help you to remember your most important tasks.
Happy planning Dear, if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below.
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