Do you ever feel like everyone is always asking you to do something? To volunteer for this, fundraise for that, attend this, host that. All of them good. All worthy of time and attention. But we can’t be everywhere and we definitely can’t do everything.
So how do you know what to say yes or no to? Priorities.
When you have a list of priorities and someone approaches you, it gives you freedom to say no! life is a pie and you get to decide who or what gets a slice and how big their slice is.
For example my priorities are 1. My relationship with the Lord 2. My husband 3. My kids 4. My close relationships, my inner circle of people I do life with 5. My ministry. Yours may and probably will look different.
But how do I figure out my priorities?
Take some time to sit down with a cup of coffee and a notepad and write down 3-6 non negotiable (leave gaps!). If you failed at everything else in your life, what things would you need to succeed at? What relationships would be most critical? Now under each of those put what investing in that looks like. For example; talking to my husband about our day. Or playing with my kids instead of supervising.
Now to place them in order. Biggest slice of pie to smallest. Each day should be a goal to spend some time on each priority or at least every couple days depending on what it is.
Okay, so how does this give me freedom?
When someone approaches you with something that doesn’t fall under your list of priorities you can WITHOUT guilt say no. Your not available and don’t have the resources to devote to that. It’s isn’t because you lack generosity, it’s because you want to be effective & focused in what you do so that you can accomplish much in your life. xoxo,Katee