Sunday, 27 October 2013

Prioritising tasks

There are so many things that one could do or plan for. So many books to read. So many courses you could take. So many places to visit. So many things you could decide you want to do, such as:

- Go travelling
- Change career
- Move house
- Write a book
- Take up a new hobby
- Begin a new relationship
- Have a child
- Run a marathon

.. and the list goes on. This is a world of opportunity and choices, particularly in the age where the internet has revolutionised so many things. And there are so many things that appeal.

However, you can only work on so many tasks and goals at one time. The quantity probably varies from person to person .. but sometimes, I have thought 'I want to do this, I want to do that, I want to do that as well, oh and I can also work on that'. And what happens? None of the tasks are given sufficient priority and I end up not fulfilling any of them.

Multitasking - photo by Jean Vargas
Multitasking is taking place at an insane level these days. It's little wonder people are getting so stressed out with the amount of demands that are placed on them these days. We were not made to be doing several things at once, well, men were certainly not made that way anyway :) Joking aside though, it is hard to be truly focused if you're trying to juggle several eggs in one basket.

I'm writing this post because it's a subject that is on my heart and mind at present. As you may know, I quite like to talk about my own life experiences in this blog, and it makes it slightly easier sometimes to do so. So what's been going on with me? Well, I have been a little scatterbrained over the last year or two really, partly because work has been quite hard, and also because I haven't really been sure what direction to take. But I am starting to get a little clearer on things, I hope.

I definitely need to change careers. That's a given. I am currently reading an excellent book called 'Vital Vocation', written by someone who is clearly writing from experience. There are a lot of exercises in the book so it may take a while to read it! So that is a clear priority for me now, to work towards changing career. And this book seems a good start

But there are so many other things I can do and sometimes it's hard to know where to direct my attention. Like -
Applying for a new jobs as my current position is temporary
Doing more to put my blog 'out there'
Start entering competitions
Try and prepare/run some workshops
Carrying on writing one of my books (and deciding which one I should carry on with)

Sometimes it can seem a little daunting, especially when you're working during the day. As much as I would like to do all these things at once, it just isn't feasible. I think, best thing for me to do now is to rate all these tasks in terms of either how much I want to do them, or importance - ie. I don't want to apply for new jobs as it is definitely not a task I enjoy - although it could be important - to an extent I need to trust my inner guidance on this one.

And also, decide how much time they are going to take up. Writing my books is something I can control as I can do it for as little or as long as I want to - but the other tasks, I will need to devote a certain amount of time to. And also work out how much time, roughly, I would be able to commit, although it would be impossible to make an exact estimate on this. And also decide how many things I want to concentrate working on.

How do you prioritise when you have several things you 'could' do, but cannot do them all?

1 comment:

  1. I've just had to quit one of my jobs because my writing was getting neglected. I've found that my priorities have not been on the right things this year, so I'm cutting everything back so that I can concentrate on my writing. Its worth going for your passion.


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