When you hear (or see) the word “priorities”, what is your first thought?
Mine is anxiety, because I know mine aren’t really in order. It’s not that I’m unorganized or unfocused, I just know that I’m not where I want to be and I don’t know how to get there.
There are only 168 hours in a week, 56 of which should be spend sleeping, and that we need to be aware of how we’re spending our time and energy.
When listing out my priorities and how I spend my weekly hours, there is a huge disconnect between where I’m currently at and where I’d like to be.
Current Priorities (listed in order of actual time devoted)
- Full-time job (45-55 hours)
- Sleep (35-45 hours)
- Housework/errands (14-20 hours)
- Blogging/side projects (10-15 hours)
- Part-time job (8-12)
- Marathon training (7-13 hours)
- Family/Friends (5-10 hours)
- Relaxing/reading/watching TV (6-8 hours)
- Searching for a FT job I actually enjoy (4-6 hours)
Desired Priorities (listed in order of personal importance)
- Marathon training
- Part-time job
- Relaxing/reading/watching TV
- Searching for a FT job I actually enjoy
- Full-time job
What’s wrong with this picture?
Well, in reality, what’s wrong with it is money.
Money is what keeps me tied to the full-time job, what keeps me devoting the majority of my time each week to something I don’t enjoy.
I have to eat. I have to pay my bills. I have to be a responsible adult.
It’s the American way.
Yet, when I compare those two lists, I feel a sickening sensation roll over me.
I’ve written about this many times, and I know it’s probably getting old, but it just troubles me that so many of us spend so many years working jobs we don’t like just to fit a certain mold.
I have to ask myself – what’s the point?
There are so many stories out there of people who’ve turned their lives around.
My friend and fellow blogger, Lisa, is going back to school to do something she’s always wanted.
This guy quit his job to literally walk across the country, just because.
I know it can be done, it just takes courage and determination. True courage and fearless determination.
I’ve given myself a cut-off point of January 1st 2011 to change my life and stop living in complacency. It terrifies me that I’ll fail, but it terrifies me so much more not to try.
I know I can’t go on living a life that minimizes the things I love and maximizes the things I don’t. Life matters too much to work yourself into the ground.
What are your priorities?
Do your actual priorities line up with your desired ones?