I have been talking about priorities a lot lately. Not just mine. But my clients' priorities. My children's priorities. My family's priorities.
You see, when we start to get busy, we start thinking a lot about our priorities. We all have the same seven days in week, 168 hours, with which to pursue our hopes and dreams. But more often than not, those 168 hours somehow get caught up in endless lines and carpools or doing things that we don't really want to be doing, but have somehow gotten on the endless list of "stuff I have to do".
At the beginning of the month, take a look a your monthly schedule. Have a family meeting to determine what everybody has on their plate. Figure out what is important. Decide what isn't important. Decide what can wait. Decide what has to be done. Prioritize your days and hours. Just like cleaning out your garage and organizing your house, purge what you don't need, use, or love. Find out if you can delegate any responsibilities to other people. Figure out what you want to add in to make your life better. Do you want to find time to workout? What is getting in the way of that? Do you want to make time for family dinner? Maybe you need to cut back on other evening activities. Do you want to pursue something new or follow a dream you have always had? Do you want to cut back on the endless activities and just go play Frisbee with your son?
The point is to try to live the life you desire to live. What matters most to you? What are your essentials? What can you give up? What can you add in? Take a look back; take a look forward. Let what you find guide your new decisions.