Priorities and Time
Some of us are conscious we have 24 hours in a day, others have 25 hours, the rest maybe 26. A day is gift and a time to spend it wisely. I doubt if a person can save it for the next day and maybe sell his time. You can do that by being efficient I guess. It reminds me of the film In Time, released around October 2011 starring Justin Timberlake. In the movie, people stop aging at 25 and they all have their own clock place in their arm. They have a timer on how long they have to live. They can also earn time by working or by stealing it unlawfully. Relax, I watched it in Partas bus and it’s not a movie marathon.
We can add meaning to our own life once we know our purpose. God gave us our time and free will to be the supporting character. Yes, we are not the main character. I’ll let you know in future post, remind me just in case.
If we have awareness of spending our time correctly, then a 24-hour life should be steered with a list of priority. Why 24 hours? Live one day at a time.
What is priority? According to Mr. Google, it is defined as: a thing that is regarded as more important than another. The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important.
As a professional, I have my virtual priority list of tasks needed to be done. I deal with awesome clients and some freelancers and we share projects. By the way, that’s in the web industry. There are projects, features, micro tasks, major revisions, minor edits assigned to me with various deadline.
How I deal with it? Arrange it by priority.
Just like in life – we tackle a lot of tasks assigned to us by a boss – ourselves. That’s up to you if your boss is easy or difficult. If you are a full-time mom, then you assign yourself tasks that needs to be done in 24 hours. Of course, you have the option to set your own deadline, stress yourself and then pat yourself at the back after. But with a checklist of more than 10 task at home with just 2 hands and 2 feet? That’s easy. Make a simple list and arrange them again by priority.
Here is a tip: You will know its level of priority or importance if you align it with your goal for the day and your life purpose as your guide.
Is it meaningful to finish your laundry on Sunday instead of spending time with your family in church or maybe at the park? That’s a no brainer. Laundry work can wait, but to me as a father I’d rather spend my time with my family, play with my kids and do some meaningful activities.
Keep it simple by making sure your task will not drain your life passion!
Some “task” can just wait and some are just fillers with low level of importance. Being wise on what to put first and make it as priority is the best action to do. Keep in mind we only have 24 hours to spend in a day.
Attack every opportunity like a ninja, quick, efficient and no distractions. Add sense to your purpose by organizing your priority list. Some write it in to-do list in their mobile applications, some with colorful organizers, others write it at the back of receipt. IT professionals fill their screen with post it notes and the important thing is to remind yourself of your priority for the day.
I suggest you start your day in a silent prayer. It has to be sincere and straight to the point. It’s the best time to reconnect with our Creator and recalibrate your signal to Him and yourself!
Minimize completing your distraction list and start by doing your priority list.
You can’t redeem back your wasted time so get on your feet and spend your time wisely.