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.