Sometimes we can all feel like pulling out our hair because we have so many things to do each day and it seems like we don’t have nearly enough time to do them!
As a mother of 5 (3 below 1 1/2) I went through a lot of trial and errors on how I prioritized the things that I did during my days. When I first started prioritizing, I always prioritized things based on what I thought I needed to be accomplish. If I had to go to the post office or to the dry cleaners that day, it would go on my priority list after things like creating a new article or doing the taxes. It sounds like the right thing to do right?
It did to me too, until I started feeling depleted and unfulfilled every day. It took me a while to understand what the problem was because I thought I was doing everything right. I was leading a productive and progressive day so why should I think anything was wrong?
Then while I was making my to do list one evening, I noticed something. There was no doubt about it that I was being productive but the problem was that I never penned in things that I wanted and needed to do to take care of myself.
So that very evening I did something different. I wrote out my to do list in pencil and penned in 45 minutes for me to make a lunch that wasn’t just hurriedly thrown together and I decided that during this time I was going to enjoy myself.
During those minutes I made me some grapes, a sourdough, prosciutto, spinach, provolone oven toasted melt, and some hot Vanilla Chai tea with cream and sugar and I sat back and thought how good it felt to just satisfy me. I thought about how long it had been since I took the time to think about what really pleased my appetite and gave me a peace of mind.
That same evening I made sure to pencil in my to do list and Pen in my 45 minutes of me time where I did nothing but take care of me. I knew that if I penned in that time instead of penciling it in, it could not be erased, it could not be compromised, and it could not be forgotten.
Even today, I pen things on my to do list that are important to me. Everything else does get their own priority on the list but they can also be erased or rearranged.
Have you been penciling in your desires in life and making them negotiable? What about putting as a high priority everything on your list but the things that are important to you?
I challenge you to STOP!!!!
You, your health, your dreams, and goals are waiting to become a non-negotiable penned in important factor on your list. Make YOU relevant and important and your future self will thank you for it.
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