• Priorities and Getting Things Done…

  • When every priority holds equal importance, nothing gets accomplished

    Priorities…Is any one thing really more important than another?

    As many of you know, my life is really busy. I try to balance multiple businesses, being an Army wife, mother, the house, errands….and the list goes on and on… So being pro-active I decided to make a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish, and got busy writing. Ten minutes and 2 pages later my jaw dropped and I laughed. No one could accomplish that list even if they had a staff of 5 to help. But the “issue” became a question of what takes priority…and the answer that was stuck in my brain was…well EVERYTHING.

    • Spend time with my family…important
    • Project #1 for my business…important
    • Project #2 for my business…important
    • Marketing…important
    • Social Networking…important
    • Product development…important
    • Research…important
    • Daily Business maintenance…important
    • Volunteer work…important
    • Personal Growth…important
    • Time to relax…important
    • The housework…I guess sort of important
    And the list went on.
    But it really makes you wonder. If everything is always SO important how can one possibly accomplish anything, and specifically how can we do it if we’re always worried about not getting everything done? The simple answer is that you can’t.
    You can’t perform at your peek, nor feel accomplished if there’s always something more important on your plate.

    The key is to learn to identify and give different levels of importance for the things you need to get done. And then take action on the “high priorities” first.

    Let go of the thought that everything is of equal importance, and learn to take an honest look at your life and choose what REALLY matters. From there you can decide what actions will help you reach your goals, and what things you want and need to get done to make life enjoyable.


    ~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up  and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com

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