There’s a saying I heard recently that’s been on my mind, “you can do it all, but you can’t do it all at the same time.”
We have to make choices about where our time and energy goes. And if we’re really going to create the life that we want to have, we need to be very intentional about those choices and our goals.
Ultimately, I believe very deeply, that we are all meant to have rich, well rounded, fulfilling lives. Lives that aren’t just busy, but that feel truly satisfying and joyful.
So today, I’m going to walk you through some exercises to help you identify the key areas of your life where you want to be giving your valuable time and energy.
Watch the video for all the details or keep reading below for a quick start way to align your daily tasks with the things you value most.
Big Picture Priorities
First, you need to identify the big picture priorities in your life, so that you can make intentional choices for yourself. Once you’ve identified your priorities you can start transforming your days, your schedule, and your to-do lists so that they reflect the things that are actually the most important to you.
Here are a few easy steps you can take right now:
- Identify 3-5 key areas of your life. I like to think of these as “buckets” and they can be pretty broad. Give each bucket a label, for example home, family, business, self-care, etc.
- Think a little bit more deeply about each of these buckets. Write down values, ideas or words that come to mind when you think of that specific key area of your life.
Reflecting on Your Priorities
Next, I want you to ask yourself three questions for each of the key areas you identified.
- What’s one thing that you are loving about each area of your life? What’s going well and feels good right now?
- What is one thing that’s a little rough, shaky, messy, or stressful? What would you like to improve?
- What is one thing you’d like to add? What would you like to see more of in each of these buckets?
Excellent! Now you’ve identified the main buckets, or areas of your life, that you want to focus on.
You’ve started to dig into what’s really important to you and identified some areas where you’re struggling or where you want to move forward.
This is your foundation, information that will help you make intentional choices for yourself and start transforming your days so that they reflect the things that are most important to you.
A Clear Vision
I use this information as a place to check if the things I’m putting on my calendar and task list are actually aligned with what I’ve already decided is most important to me.
It gives me a touch point to come back to and evaluate the choices I’m making for my home, family, and business.
I hope this exercise helped you develop a clearer vision of what you want your life to feel and look like.