Getting Priorities in Line

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Last week, I got cozy with a cup of my very favorite coffee, Uzuri African Blend. Sipping away, I spent some time reading and thinking about Psalm 5 and journaling about it. The house was quiet — it was 5 am. And I could think.

I turned to the Goals section of my household notebook and found a blank priorities sheet. I try to fill one out at the beginning of each month. In this way I am reminded of where I want to go, who I want to be, want I want to do.

Remembering What’s Important

Lately, instead of filling the Goals with something long and lofty, I’m jotting down the first things that come to mind. Then I get into specifics about actions to take.

For instance, I want a deeper communion with God. That was the first thing that came to my mind: communion. While I may not have a preconceived notion of what that looks like, that is what sprung from my heart.

Actions to follow? Reading through the Psalms and Matthew this month, trying to journal every morning, writing my prayers out, reading through a mother’s devotional. These actions may or may not guarantee that I’ll have deeper communion with God, but I have to start someplace.

And Remembering Again

We’ve talked before about putting big rocks first and prioritizing. For me, it seems like this is an ongoing process. A important event or project can spring up that sends me out of orbit.

Having this priority sheet to go back to is important for me. It helps center me and give me focus.

You can download a free printable Priorities sheet like mine, or if you buy my 125-page ebook, Organizing Life as MOM, you can create your own with the fillable field feature. (You’ll also get 90+ printable planning forms, including several yearly calendars.)

How do YOU stay focused?

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  1. Staying focused on the ‘big rocks’ is a constant battle. There are so many things that distract, it is critical to have some sort of list to ‘go back to’ and get centered. Getting comfortable with the word “no” doesn’t hurt either.

    Good post, Jessica!

  2. Thank you for this post. Great way to start my day. “Present” defines exactly what I strive to achieve as a mom. It is difficult to not have a to-do list running in my head while reading to my daughter, for instance.

  3. Knowing what we are shooting at sure improves our aim! It is so easy to be swept along in the tumult of our day and simply react. I want to be intentional. I want to pay attention to that moment of choice. He always offers it. I don’t always notice.

  4. I use lists as well but stuff like writing diligent doesn’t work for me. I have to spell out my priorities(except in the God category since my belief is that an open heart and an open mind cultivates communion with the Lord). My list for mom might include a project I wanted to do with the kids or a movie for us to watch together. My list for my spouse might include an activity or a way to surprise my spouse. My list on housekeeper might include tasks I need to accomplish like under bathroom cabinetry. I have to be real specific because otherwise I trend towards capricious spirit and things don’t get done.

  5. I really love this post. I am struggling to feel that what I achieve in one day is enough. But by jotting down one word it would remind me to keep my positive spirit on what I am actually trying for and that is a peaceful house! May be this would be the motivation I need to stop rolling my to do list from day to day and just be at peace with what is! Thanks, as always, for the great message!

  6. Thank you for this reminder and for the free downloadable form. I just printed it and will fill it in this afternoon. There always seems to be so many things vying for my time that it is important to have priorities in place.

  7. I so agree with you that in the frenzy of life we sometimes forget what is important thanks for helping to point this out

  8. I stay focused by trying to get my “to-do’s” on a list, then write each in on a specific day, rather than feeling like I have to do them all at once. I can’t say I always do that, and stay focused, but every once in a while, I remember this strategy and it sure works!