How to simplify and prioritize what you have to do.

Did you click on this post hoping there would be real advice for how to simplify and balance everything you have going on?

Bah!

Just kidding.

I’m certainly not an expert but I have come up with a few ideas anyway.

Make a list of everything you have to do.

List every single thing you have rolling around your mind. And, all the things you’ve pushed to the back burner. Write down everything.

Prioritize the List

Look at what you need to do and determine if it matches any of your short-term or long-term goals. Are you doing things that are important to you?

Eliminate any possible items

It’s okay not to do everything. Sometimes it is hard to believe that. There is so much pressure to say yes, to make things look great, to feel good and look good. You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do, what doesn’t work for you, or what doesn’t work for you situation.

Put remaining items on your calendar

Adding your schedule at home and at work with your family’s schedule is overwhelming. Lay it out on the calendar. You’ll either be relieved when you see it isn’t all happening today or you’ll recognize that somethings might have to go.

Eliminate items that don’t fit

We are all moving through seasons of our lives. This may be the best season for you to spend time volunteering in a classroom or in the community. It may the be the best time to focus on launching and growing your business. Or, it might be the season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and making heart-shaped peanut butter sandwiches. Every season is a good season but Mother Nature doesn’t let us have everything at once. We have to appreciate the season we’re in.

Don’t feel guilty

What’s the best way to spend your time? Does it make you happy? Does it have to be done? Remember your season and enjoy it. Do what you can and don’t feel guilty about the things that aren’t going to work out right now. It’s okay.

Get to work

Remember that you are in control of what you have going on. We cannot always control the outcome and we certainly can’t control the thoughts, feelings, and actions of other people. But, we can choose what we’re going to do and our attitude about doing it. Get to work on what this season brings. Really, there are elves to do your business plan and marketing, no dish fairies, and no one else to put your kid in the Macbeth costume for his play. Get to it.

Be happy

Think of the beauty you can see when the seasons change. The pastel blossoms and bright green leaves of Spring. The noise and fun of summer. The beautiful mountains and trees in the fall. The street lamps shining on the peaceful snowflakes. They are all so beautiful. And, it is beautiful how the seasons naturally progress. We can’t stop them or rush them. All we can do is choose to be happy and enjoy them.

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