Important or urgent?

Life has been busier than normal for us. I’ve slumped into a survival mode – I place as priority all things urgent, and everything else falls into second place. In other words, anything that doesn’t threaten to blow up in my face if I don’t resolve it now, well…takes second place.

Things that are labelled urgent have this ability to force themselves upon you, and make you wriggle from the priorities that you have set for your life.

To me, there are only a few things in life that are truly urgent.

I’ll be cheeky and say that one of them is to cultivate the ability to distinguish between the important from the merely urgent. (Particularly in this day and age, and dare I say, particularly for mothers.)

Mums wear many many many hats, and a lot of the time (more than I would like to admit) I focus on extinguishing the urgent, and end up putting some of the important stuff on the backburner.

What is important for me has to do with my goals. Here are a couple of VITs (Very Important Things) that I hold dear:

  • One-on-one time with the kids
  • One-on-one time with the man
  • One-on-one time with God
  • One-on-one time with myself
  • Quality time with close friends and extended family
  • Spending time helping others
  • Developing my skills and pursuing my dreams

In no particular order.

Referring to the quote above, even if I don’t end up accomplishing more when I feed my soul first…I think it’s still worth it.

I’m on World Moms Blog today, talking about something that’s pretty urgent. And important. Join me there.

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