I have really neglected this part of my blog lately, I really wanted to Journal prompt section to be more robust. I have to laugh as I type this because this journal prompt is all about priorities.
For this exercise, start with a list of priorities. What are the top 10 most important things in your life? I like to do this exercise over a period of time and I also like to use planner pages for it. ( I grabbed unused pages from an older planner and turned them into little altered journal pages if you will)
Step two of this exercise is to keep track of how much time you spend with the priorities you listed. For example, if you listed your health as a priority, how much time do spend exercising? If your family is a priority, how much time do you spend working on your primary relationships? How much time are you spending with your kids, one on one, without any electronics in either of your faces? If going to college is a priority, how much time have you spent on your work? How much time have you devoted to looking at schools, or researching which college you will attend?
I found that I work way more than I thought AND I watch way more TV than I thought I did. Usually I have a laptop in front of me and I am reading writing at the same time, but still there was WAY more TV time in my time accounting then I ever would have expected.
Really take some time with this exercise and be honest with yourself, so you get the most from the writing.
Now that you have identified how much time you actually spend on the things you say are your priorities, you may want to develop some action steps for moving forward. Do not spend any time at all beating yourself up over what you find, that would be counter intuitive to what we are trying to do here. Simply make note of what you find and either adjust your priorities or come up with a plan to put your action and your ideals in congruence and start planning your time better. Every single day we have a chance to wake up and make new choices and do things differently, it is simply a matter of recognizing the incongruence between what we believe to be our priorities and how we prioritize our time.
This is a great time to make a new choice, with your planner in hand, schedule a date night with your sweetie and take the kids to the park. Life is short and we end up regretting so much, now is the time to wipe out any regrets and live the life you want!
If you blog about this exercise or have any feedback, I would love to hear from you!
If you follow my ACIM posts, you will find some great benefit in doing this exercise before next week as we are getting ready to start looking at the difference between the Ego and Spirit and what we prioritize in life.