I am currently reorganising my office to be in keeping with my priorities. I have four priorities:
- Relationships: God, Peter and Me (yes I have to have a relationship with myself in order to know myself and look after myself)
- Family: This includes things we do to maintain our family identity, and maintain my responsibilities as a homemaker and mum (raising children who have strong relationships, understand their responsibilities, develop and grow in themselves and their talents as well as the areas of academics.)
- Ministry: This isnt a formal ministry as such, but rather any activity or involvement where either myself or our family is involved in helping other people.
- Business: This looks after not only a small Creative Memories business I have but also anything to do with the family finances and general office work generated by a family.
My plan is that as I become very familiar with these priorities I will be able to discard good ideas that come across my desk that are not in keeping with this list. Knowing my priorities (and were I am at with my responsibilities within those priorities) helps me to do the important (and not wait till it becomes urgent), help me not to take on extra projects, manage my time properly and keep everything in balance. It means I shouldnt sit down and type when my house is not in order, or my children are not focused. Priorities need to be priorities.
I have organised my to-do list in keeping with these priorities and now Im organising my Working Files that sit on my desk (this is like my in tray). Now I just have to use it – that is the thing with changing habits – you have to use the lists, or tools you put around yourself otherwise you just keep on going as you always have.