Time management Monday: Why

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The Thinker

This Time management Monday series is all about maximizing your productivity by managing your time. But today let’s take a step back and look at the (very) big picture.

In general in your life, why do you do what you do?

Do you work to support your family, achieve your personal goals, or buy a yacht and sail the world? Or all of the above?

Do you run for your health, to achieve a personal best, to finally complete the marathon this year, or to prove to your high school gym teacher (if only in your own head) that you ARE athletic after all?

Do you garden to have more outside time, for the satisfaction of having a beautiful yard, or to grow organic vegetables to improve your family’s health?

Take time to figure out why you do what you do, and why your activities are valuable to you. Decide your top priorities, then figure out how to keep them first and foremost in your schedule.

Maybe, as you go through this thought exercise, you’ll realize you are not living your priorities. Maybe you are working at a job you don’t like doing something you don’t value, and you would rather be doing something else. Maybe you would rather be an entrepreneur with your own business. Maybe you don’t want to wait until retirement to sail the world and want to become a sailing instructor. I wrote a post awhile back on how to work toward life-changing goals, you can see it here.

What are your personal values, and do they align with your day to day life? What are your priorities, and what can you do to make sure you accomplish them?

One thought on “Time management Monday: Why

  1. Thanks for a great post, as always, as this is something that I’ve been considering recently. For example, I’ve very much been enjoying practising yoga at home. I contacted a local teacher & then realised that it was only because I felt that I *should* study it more seriously. However, I just really enjoy being able to practise early in the morning at home, so don’t feel the need to add another fixed commitment & cost to my calendar.

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