As much as I would love to move my body more, my body ain’t having it right now. It’s time to prioritize what’s important.
When I hit the second trimester of baby #2, I felt like I had all the energy in the world. So I tried to fit in everything my heart desired.
Wake up early to meditate! Teach online yoga! Finish the yoga sutra course I started to make LAST pregnancy! Write weekly blog posts & emails! Make a prenatal yoga course/videos! Create and launch a podcast! Declutter & organize the house!Sell everything! Cook healthy nutritious meals for the entire family! Wear cute maternity clothes! Photoshooooot!!!
And 20 or so more items.
I’ve always been the one to have too many ideas.
Then my body was like NOPE! Slow down.
If I do too much in a day, my energy level goes down to nothing & my stomach gets tight.
I am yet again, reminded that I CAN have everything (and do everything), just not all at the same time.
So now it is time to prioritize, pick one item at a time, and throw the rest on the back burner, trusting that what needs to be created by me will come through at the perfect timing.
Most importantly, how do you prioritize? I got five steps to get you rolling.
1. Do a brain dump
Make a list of all the things you need to do. Got that idea for a project you don’t want to forget about that keeps talking to you? Write that down too. Be sure to add the household chores (wash the windows, mow the lawn, plant flowers, etc), financial to do’s (assessing your financial worth, looking at your expenses, paying bills, etc), and things for your family too (shopping for kid’s things, hospital visits, activities, etc).
The point here is to get everything out of your head, so you have space to think through what to prioritize.
2. Time to do the purge
How does it make you feel when you hear the word purge when it comes to your to do list? Maybe you’re about to scream at me to say it’s ALL important, or maybe you’re saying YES! let’s do this. No matter where you are on the spectrum, trust me on this one. I’ll walk you through it.
Before we start crossing things off the list, we must first know what’s the most important. Circle all the items on the list you must do to be a proper adult. You know, paying bills, doing the laundry, putting the food on the table, etc. These are the items that need to be done or else life is going to fall apart. We do not want to put those on the back burner.
3. Prioritize what gives you joy right now
Now, be realistic. With your current energy levels and your current available time, what do you want to spend time on that you’re passionate about? Remember, there’s a higher chance for a project to be complete when you focus your efforts, instead of working on many things at once. Mark those items with a heart.
Out of all the items you put hearts next to, what’s the lowest hanging fruit? This is what you want to prioritize. What item can be completed with the minimal effort on your part? Focus your efforts on finishing off a project you already started, instead of committing to a brand new thing. You can always go do the new thing once the other things are complete.
I used to be a chronic starter and a never finisher. It seemed like I was forever busy without getting actual results. Once I worked on finishing things for good, that’s where the magic happens.
4. Uncommit yourself
Are there items on the list that you’d really rather not do? Is it giving you anxiety and it’s not the best use of your time? No is a complete sentence. There’s nothing wrong with setting your boundaries and sticking to them. You are your longest relationship, and it is your duty to take care of yourself.
5. Does it really need to be done by you?
I’m sure there are things on your list that simply need to be taken care of. The question is, does it need to be done by you right now or can someone else do it? Prioritize getting it off of your plate. Would it be possible to ask your family? If not, is it something that can be outsourced? Is it something that you can rely on technology instead?
For example let me tell you a little story from our last family getaway. We stayed one wonderful night at the hotel my husband and I got married at. It was a very relaxing time, and after check-out we were driving home. It was probably the eating new foods and getting car sick, but our first born puked while we were driving home.
I’ll save you the details of the incident, but the point is, the car needs to be deep cleaned. We don’t have a steam cleaner. My husband and I are not professional car cleaners. Actually, we’re not good cleaners at all. So instead of going to the store to buy a steam cleaner we have no idea how to use, we decided to find a professional to take care of the aftermath. No need to go shopping, watching youtube to figure out how to do the task, and figuring out where to store the new steam cleaner we got. We’re having a guy come over to our home with his equipment, do what he’s good at doing, support his business, and all of us will be happy.
In conclusion, prepare for worst case. Outsource the task.
When I went through the list this time around, what continues to be on my passion list is writing. I can do it in short increments of time. I can do it anytime of day. It’s not a physical activity. It is something that I can prioritize easily. It gives me joy, and in addition it allows me to help you! To me, that’s a win win win.I got more posts to help you coming up! Want to be the first to know? Don’t forget to sign up for the VIP list. Chat soon!