This is a question I ask myself when I have a goal but can’t seem to follow through, or I keep procrastinating and getting off track. It’s a great way to be more aware of how I am using my time and gives me the opportunity to re-focus my energy.
When I decided to start a blog, for example, I could never find the time to write. The apartment needed to be cleaned, laundry had to be done, my workout took longer than expected, my friend called me for a chat, I had to go to the grocery store, etc. By the time I ended up sitting down to write it was late afternoon and I lost all motivation!
Then I would ask myself, “what am I making a priority right now?” Clearly, it was having a clean house, doing all the errands and catching up with friends. There isn’t anything wrong with prioritizing these things, but I realized that the issue was that I was prioritizing them over my goal. When I dug a little deeper I realized that I was actually avoiding writing, and spending my time doing other things, because I still had a lot of fear around being judged and criticized. Once I got to the root of why I was procrastinating in the first place I was more aware of how I was spending my time and was able to get myself back on track.
At the end of the day we all have a choice with how we spend our time. If we want to achieve our goals then we have to make time for it no matter what. Sometimes that means pushing the other things to the side or figuring out a way to work around them. For me, that meant tidying up before bedtime and giving myself 30 minutes in the morning to get anything else sorted. Anything beyond that was prioritizing cleaning over writing. I also started prepping my breakfasts so I couldn’t use the excuse of having to cook in the morning and scheduled my workouts for the afternoon after I got everything else done.
This is also a good question to ask yourself when you get sucked into social media or Netflix. Ask what you are making a priority and you will realize that you are choosing social media and Netflix over your intention or goal.
Set an intention for the day and decide (a) what you want to make a priority and (b) how you can best prioritize your time.
Then when you find yourself getting caught up in something else ask, “what am I making a priority right now” and decide how you are going to re-focus your energy.
If you always procrastinate, get off track, and can never seem to find the time examine whether there are any limiting beliefs that are holding you back. Are you self-sabotaging?
Remember to be kind to yourself! If you discover that you’re not prioritizing your time efficiently congratulate yourself for having that awareness and celebrate your decision to try again.
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