From Merriam-Webster’s dictionary:
priority noun pri·or·i·ty \prī-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\
something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first
priorities : the things that someone cares about and thinks are important
: the condition of being more important than something or someone else and therefore coming or being dealt with first
Sometimes it’s hard for me to decide what order to do things especially when I wear so many hats. I tend to be distracted easily and will move from one task to the next just because it’s the one that catches my attention. This week my work schedule got a derailed for a very important priority, a friend. To me, dropping everything for a day to spend time with this friend was the most important thing I could do that day. Will I be working all weekend for a deadline Tuesday, yes, did I lose some billable hours, yes, but I will never forget the day I played hooky with my friend.
I found a website that helped me to think about how I set priorities and be better at it. There are lots of them but this one caught my eye as it had only three steps! Astrid Baumgardner suggests the following: 1) become aware of how you currently spend time, 2) assess how satisfied you are with the way you spend time, and 3) set new priorities to align time with what is most important to you. Her website talks more about each of these steps at http://astridbaumgardner.com/articles/10-articles/24-how-to-set-priorities-3-steps-for-taking-control-of-your-time.html.
I almost didn’t blog this week because I’d lost a work day and have multiple deadlines pending. I’d committed to myself to blog each week, so here I am, just a day late! Writing this blog reminded me to make a list and prioritize my tasks instead of putting out the next fire!
Happy Friday everyone!
More about Astrid Baumgardner:
Astrid Baumgardner, JD, PCC is a professional life coach and lawyer, Coordinator of Career Strategies and Lecturer at the Yale School of Music and the founder and President of Astrid Baumgardner Coaching + Training, which is dedicated to helping musicians, lawyers and creative professionals take charge of their lives and experience authentic success. In addition to her work at YSM and her individual coaching practice, Astrid presents workshops at leading conservatories and law firms on topics including Career Planning, Goal-Setting, Time Management, Dynamic Communication, Conflict Management and Personal Branding and Networking. She is the author of numerous articles on the various aspects of how to achieve and live authentic success.
Tomorrow I take over my friend Amanda’s Facebook Book Blog page, Taking Life by the Books, at https://www.facebook.com/TakingLifebyBooks?fref=ts. I’m equaling excited and nervous as this is my first Facebook page event! I hope you’ll stop by to check it out. I’ll have three prize giveaways and be highlighting all the characters from Is This Me? Additionally the Kindle version of Is This Me? will be $0.99 for the day! Let all your friends know to go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YIABVKG to get Is This Me? for $0.99 for just one day.
For my email subscribers I have a special preview. As I reviewed all my characters I thought about their personalities and how each one of them related to Amanda in different ways. It got me to thinking about how I related to people, what type of friend I was. Sometimes it’s hard to view yourself obljectively so I took this quiz I found online at http://www.playbuzz.com/margottouitou10/what-type-of-friend-are-you. The type of friends included:
1. Shoulder to Cry On
3. Honest Confidant
4. The Rock
The result of my test was that I was an honest confidant which I think is pretty accurate. I like to help friends out by listening to what’s going on with them. I ususally just listen, but if they ask my opinion I feel I owe them an honest one. Reviewing the people in my life I can pick out which friends I count on to be my rock, or matriarch, sensible mentor, or shoulder to cry on. I feel lucky to have all these different friends.
Lila is Amanda’s first friend I’ll be highlighting tomorrow. As her best friend since elementary school, I think Lila serves as an honest confidant. She’s equally fun loving though and always pulling Amanda into cool activities like intramural teams and a night out with their friends. If their were a partner in crime needed, I think Amanda’s would be Lila.
Check out all the characters of Is This Me? tomorrow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TakingLifebyBooks?fref=ts.
All the best,
After a great vacation I’m back and ready to dive into another fall season. For many of us it’s back to school time. Secretly, I live vicariously through my kids and characters. Yes, I admit it, I loved school. I even went to graduate school! Enough about me though, on to the subject at hand.This week and next I’ll be highlighting different aspects of my characters’ personalities. These two blogs lead up to my big event on Friday, August 21 when I’ll be taking over the Taking Life by the Books Facebook page for a day. That day I’ll be introducing all the Is This Me? characters with new pics and sneak peaks into their lives. Make sure you tune in for a chance to win a special Is This Me? prize pack and take advantage of other special offers at https://www.facebook.com/TakingLifebyBooks?fref=ts.
Anything new can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Different people approach new situations in completely different ways. Here’s a run down of several of the Is This Me? characters approach to meeting new people:
1. Amanda – Quiet until she knows you! Amanda doesn’t love being in new situations with lots of people she doesn’t know. She would rather hang out with a small crowd. Once she is comfortable with someone you may not be able to shut her up though!
2. Kate – Outgoing and confident! Kate loves meeting people. She can talk to anyone anytime.
3. Elise – Fun and no nonsense! Elise has no problem telling anyone anything. She’s prone to brutal honesty. But that’s what we love about Elise, she calls it as she sees it.
4. Lila – Easy going and fun. Lila likes to be in the happening spots with the funnest peeps. She’s most likely to find the coolest hangouts on campus.
I am definitely Amanda! Which Is This Me? character most closely matches your personality?
Can’t wait to hear from you!