Time Management – Making Time for What Matters Most
By Eryka T Johnson
Have you ever taken the time to figure out those things that are most important to you? If you had to choose the single most important person or object in your life, you would automatically know who and what those things are. In this article, we will discuss time management around those things that are most important to you.
I had an incredible experience a few weeks ago during leadership training at the University of North Carolina. On the very last day, we discussed time management and how to re-allocate your time for family and work balance.
We performed an exercise that is still quite fresh in my mind as I write. We were asked to take out 5 pieces of paper. On this paper, we had to write the top 5 important things in our life. My five things in no particular order were…
1. My man
2. My kids
3. My God
4. My business/purpose/calling
5. My sanity/health
Now, we were not instructed to prioritize order these items but it eventually happened as we had to one by one drop one of the pieces of paper to the floor if we were asked to unload.
First drop for me was my sanity/health. That was an easy decision. So, we were told to drop another one…bye bye my business, purpose, & calling. Now, I only had three papers left and all are quite important to me.
Then, we were told to drop another paper. Oh no! Who will it be? Well, I dropped the kids. Now only two papers remained in my hand. I had to make a quick decision but merely screamed because it was so difficult. Sorry! I had to drop my husband which left only my God.
Taking all these priorities in my life and being told I had to limit it to only one was a challenging exercise. The morale of this exercise however were you should never have to choose to reduce your time with any of the people or things you consider to be at the top of your list.
This translates that if you plan and factor in time with all your priorities all the other self can truly wait. This will allow you to focus your time and energy on the right things.
There should be a sincere commitment to focusing more in areas that matter rather than wasting time on things that don’t matter in the long run.
Who or what are the top 5 priorities in your life? Please respond below.
Eryka T Johnson