The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.Stephen R Covey
I’m a planner. I like to think about how things could go ahead of time. Unless I’m writing. I write with a vague plan but I think it’s because I haven’t finished a novel yet. Maybe I’ll be more of a planner as I go along here. It’s hard for me to plan my writing especially because I know that writing changes us. In school for writing and research, we start with a good guess on our research paper, then we do the research and most times we find our guess was far too vague or maybe even completely wrong. But outside of that, if I can plan it out, I’m going to do my best to plan it.
Event’s, outfits, family activities, are just a few things I enjoy planning. It lowers my anxiety. It helps me to communicate to those around me and hopefully lowers their anxiety. When I make plans I understand that things might not work out. Sometimes they fail and I get upset but I have found that plans are easier to change when you have them.
Which leads me to the quote by Stephen Covey, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” When you know you’re priorities, it’s much easier to manage making plans. Once you know that your family is your priority, you schedule their needs to your life. Some people require a little extra time alone for their well being. Let’s take a 3 year for instance, a three year old needs more potty stops and leg stretches than a 30 year old. So you factor in potty breaks and play time into the day. Some humans need access to other things for their own well being and if they are a priority in your life, you make sure those things are as accessible to them as possible. It shows love. Even though it requires some mindful planning ahead, investing in your priorities is always worth it.
Now’s a great time to revisit your priorities so that you can schedule them in.