This post is the second in a series about my objective to ‘Micromanage My Life.‘
This month is a natural time to micromanage your priorities.
Many call this making New Year’s Resolutions… but as a micromanager, you can do better! Instead of just overall goals, take the time to really prioritize and plan how you will REACH those goals.
Make a timeline or put goals and tasks on your calendar. Keep it reasonable and realize that the task or workout you scheduled is NOT optional. Just like a meeting or task at work, this is something you committed to–follow through!
However, remember to also be flexible. To be able to effectively prioritize, you must be able to deal with changing priorities. If a workout gets canceled due to another event, reschedule it immediately. Bonus points if you finish the task earlier, so that you can attend to the new priority!
Personally, this month, I will be focusing on scheduling workouts, learning, blogging, and dinners with friends and family. Additionally, I’ll schedule a short amount of time each week to re-prioritize and complete needed tasks. I will also be asking the parents of my younger cousins to send me sports/event calendars so that I can support them at a few basketball games and mathletics tournaments!
What are your plans for prioritizing in 2014?
Need a quickstart activity on reaching your priorities? Print this and jot down how you really use the 168 hours in your week. You may be surprised!
Additional resources on setting priorities:
- Wunderlist | An app I use to keep track of priorities
- Google Calendar | Another great tool to keep track of priorities
- Simple Life Together | Things To Eliminate in the Coming Year and Tips for Successful Resolutions [podcast]
- Inc. | How to Prioritize When Everything is a Priority: 5 Tips
- Jasmine Star | How to Set Goals
- TED.com | Your TED-inspired New Year’s Resolutions
- Lifehacker | The New Year’s Resolutions Most Likely to Fail, and What to Do Instead
- Lifehacker | Make a “Stop Doing” List to Help Kill Bad Behaviors and Make Smarter Decisions
- Fitness Handouts – This page is full of helpful PDFs for those looking to improve their fitness. If you struggle with fitness and it effects your health, I recommend starting with emotional well-being goals before looking at physical activity or healthy eating! [please note, these are from my current workplace and my opinions on this blog do not necessarily represent those of my employer]