Our life gets messy when we lose track of our priorities and allow memorized tasks to disrupt us from being determined and motivated to get things done. This inner chaos causes us stress and ruins our relationships. It prevents us from having enough time to be introspective, explore new hobbies, and grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
The consequence of this is losing what really matters in our lives: ourselves, meaning, relationships and dreams.
We all make this mistake (including me), but the good news is that shedding light on the unorganized mind will help us find the inner power to get ourselves back on track. The steps that I'm giving you can help you set your priorities to get things done so you can have time to create the life you deserve. Here's how:
Identify everything you need to do for the next four weeks, three months, six months and one year.
This may seem simple, but write these tasks down on a piece of paper, or on your computer, without filtering or judging them. This list could include laundry, cleaning, finishing a project at work or at home, picking up the kids, traveling, taking the trash out, calling Aunt Susan, and so on. By writing everything down, you create a solid reference point and clear your mind of repetitive thoughts.
Group these items into different periods of time. First, divide them up based on things that need to get done for the next two weeks, three months, six months, one year, then two years.
For example: In the next four weeks, I need to attend a party, work on my personal business, call clients, finish my laundry, etc…
Below each time period, create four different columns which include the following sub-categories:
- Urgent and important ( these are the things that must be done now)
- Urgent and unimportant ( things you think are urgent but are actually blocking your goals)
- Not urgent and not important (these are distractions)
- Not urgent but important ( things that are not urgent but will help you expand and reach your goals)
Take another close look at what you have in front of you, what is it that you can really cross off? Is there anything you can skip? Saying no can be important, because when you do things that don’t really matter to you, you take time away from other things that will increase your happiness.
Be determined to complete your tasks and follow through with your actions, and keep updating your sheet on regular basis by crossing off items that are unnecessary or tasks you've accomplished. I love doing this part because it makes me feel productive and accomplished.
Finally, it's very easy to come up with excuses to stay in our comfort zone and to sabotage our dreams. But trust me on this: when we clear our minds, we start taking charge of our life to create more time to do or even explore things that make us happy and give more meaning to our life. We use every moment to live and share our full potential and to create deeper connection with ourselves and with the people we love.
One great lesson I learned and still learning in my life: Life will give us the freedom to choose who we want to become and to create the happiness we want but all it asks of us in return is to believe that we deserve happiness and to take actions to achieve it.
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