What Are Your Priorities?

There are many aspects to your life. How you prioritize them shapes your journey. What are the main aspects of your life – family, friends, service, career, faith, physical activity, learning or other things? What comes first? What is lower priority? It is your choice how you answer these questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Their purpose is to gain clarity on what you want to give your time and attention to.

Once you know your priorities, honor them. Don’t let unimportant things, stress or pressure from others derail what matters most to you. Live the life that you want to and you will give your best to the world.

 

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I Lost My To-Do List

Last week was quite busy for me. My daily to-do lists were long and necessary in order to keep up. On Tuesday morning, I suddenly noticed that my to-do list for the day was missing. I looked everywhere and could not find it. I worried that something important would not get done. It could have gone differently, but all went well. I remembered key things I had to get done and, on Wednesday, continued with that day’s to-do list.

This past weekend, Tuesday’s to-do list showed up in a file I had been working with. Losing it hadn’t been a disaster and I wondered whether there was a lesson here. Perhaps to-do lists are not as critical as I thought they were. Perhaps keeping calm and carrying on gets you through. Perhaps…….

What do you think about the importance of to-do lists?

 

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Pushing Through

Sometimes you have a choice between letting something go and pushing it through to completion. When that choice shows up, usually it takes a lot to push through and you have to decide if you are up for it. Say, something has gone off-track in a project through no fault of your own, but you are the only one around that can fix it. Doing so means extra hours and a lot of effort. How do you get yourself ready?

There are several ways to gear up for pushing through. First, mentally prepare by accepting what’s ahead. Second, make sure you have what you need to get done what you have to. Third, make sure, even though you are pushing, that you do not burn yourself out physically. You may have to stretch a bit, but then you can make sure to make space to rest once you are done.

If you feel you cannot push through alone and get a job done, ask for and get the help you need. Pushing through is not an every day thing; however pushing through, when it’s warranted, helps your career and has many rewards.

 

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RUSH!

When it comes to your workload, have you ever felt like you are in a rowboat with no oars heading to the edge of a waterfall? What do you do when there is way too much to do and time is moving on? Sometimes, it is too much to handle and there’s no time to even think straight. It seems, lately, that everything is speeding up and expectations are high.

It may or may not be possible to keep up, but best that you find out and proceed accordingly. Take a moment now to reflect on your workload and how you are doing. Are adjustments needed? What kind of adjustments – by you or by others? How much control do you have or need to have?

It may be that, in the rush, you become faster and more efficient. Or, it may be that you have to help others recognize that their expectations are not realistic. Whatever the case, take care of yourself and your career and make sure that you do not go over that waterfall.

 

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What’s Your Tech-Overload Level?

People differ in their responses to technology and in how much they can and can’t handle. One thing to avoid is tech-overload – allowing technology to get the better of you, overwhelm you or stress you out. Knowing how to manage your use of technology helps you maintain balance and sanity.

Do you know your tech-overload level? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

• What are the signs that I have had too much technology?

• What aspects of technology get me tired and off center (e.g. too much internet surfing, too long on a social media site, having too many e mails to answer or getting blurry-eyed from too much time on your computer or phone)?

• What’s my optimum balance in using and not using technology to get my work done?

• When does technology begin to diminish my creativity and efficiency?

Knowing your tech-overload level helps you manage your work and life. To everything there is a season and time. That includes technology, too.

 

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Boss

Do you work for someone? Do you work for yourself? Boss is a common word in our society that is ascribed many meanings.

What do you think a boss should be? Hierarchical? Kind? Motivating? Encouraging? Tough? Collaborative? Distant? Connected? Smart? Expert?

If you work for a boss or are one yourself, it won’t hurt to think about what  the role of a boss should be. Bosses have a huge impact on their workers. Alignment of purpose and style with their team is a win-win.

 

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How Do You Handle Frustration (Or Not)?

Frustration can race like fire, once it starts. Best to have a way to manage your frustration, so it does not consume you. Have you experienced frustration in the past week or two? Think of what happened. How did you handle it? Did you manage your frustration or let it get the better of you?

Frustration is a powerful energy once it gets going, but you can manage it. Here are a few ways: step back and away from the situation to cool off, stop and figure out its cause and what you can do about it or channel your frustration into constructive action. You are more powerful than your frustration – keep it under your control.

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Don’t Forget!

How do you keep track of all that you have to do? You have meetings, projects, phone calls, e mails and much more to get done in the course of a day.

How do you assure that everything gets done efficiently and well? That is a question only you can answer. You have your style, needs and ways of working that all factor in to how you get things done. Take some time to examine and observe how you keep track of all you have to do. What works for you and what doesn’t? It will be time well spent to make sure you don’t forget!

 

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Is Calmness Even Possible?

In a fast-moving world is calmness possible anymore? It is a question worth asking yourself. It may be that it is not possible to keep up with all the demands on your time. What are you to do? One thing you can do is to stop and take a good look at what is happening in your life. Are you paying attention to your priorities and making sure they get done first? Are you allowing overwhelm and stress to get the better of you? Is there a need for you to reevaluate how you are spending your time? Do you know how to regain your center when things get out of control?

It is society that has quickened its pace. You can still manage yourself in relation to what is around you. When you do so, things will begin to flow more easily. When you bring yourself fully to the present moment, things are not speeding by you; they are right there next to you. You have that moment and in that moment you can observe what is happening and make the choices that are best for you.

 

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Free Flow Management 6 – Decision-Making

Loomio software  is a collaborative decision-making tool that fits well into the concept of Free Flow Management. Loomio “enables more transparency and inclusion in decision-making with fewer meetings and e mails”. Its online platform facilitates gathering people, on-topic conversations, visual summaries and clear outcomes.

How does your organization make decisions? Would you say your decisions flow freely or are you bogged down in meetings and email? Our new methods of communication have their advantages, but we do get bogged down with them. New decision-making approaches are called for. It is time well spent for your organization to look at the efficiency and flow of your decision-making and find innovative ways to keep your programs and processes flowing smoothly.

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