Great Questions to Improve Productivity, Priorities, and Perspective
Years ago, I began to focus on time management, productivity and living a priority driven life. It was during this season that adopted the process of making a life, organization and time plan. As a result of implementing these three plans, I have seen results in all areas.
One of the keys to the life, organizational, and time plan is a periodic review. In fact, a quarterly review and revision of each of these plans are essential. It helps to give you the focus you need for the next quarter.
Recently, I have looked at my whole process slightly different.One of the biggest changes would be the way I try to revise the plans. Typically, you would make sure you are making time for your predetermined priorities.
While I still do this, there has been some slight change of perspectives. One of the best ways to open your heart and mind up to future direction is by asking yourself some questions.
1. What is this season for?
What was important six months ago may not be as important today. In light of changing priorities, this is a good question to lead with as you are revising these plans.
Your highest priorities, likely relationship based, should always be at the top of your list. What you focus on in each season with your priorities, can change.
Keep in mind, If you are in a season of huge transition or something new is happening, such as having a baby, launching a new initiative, or helping an elderly parent who is recovering from injury, the way you spend your discretionary time will vary from last season.
2. What do I need to say yes to in this season?
Because each season is different, there will be things that you will need to say yes to in order to focus on priorities. You may have a spouse, parent, or child who needs extra attention and cares this season. Your marriage may be struggling and you may need to find a small group to learn on how to love your spouse more effectively.
The goal once you decide what the season is for is to decide what do you need to do to make sure you are caring and investing in your priorities. So what are your priorities?
3.What do I need to say no to in this season?
Even more important than the ability to say yes, is the ability to say no. Remember, you can do anything, but you can’t-do everything.
I am still a recovering people pleaser. I want to say yes to almost everyone, but I can’t, and neither can you. If you say yes to everyone, you will end up having to neglect your priorities at some point.
Here is a list of a few things you may say not to: working late every night, watching television late every night, putting purchases on credit cards, spending hours a day on social media. All of these add stress to your life or consume a good amount of time while taking away from more important priorities.
I would love to learn which one of these questions are most beneficial, or what other ways have you found helpful to give yourself a healthy perspective for a new season.