“Where did your blog go, Martin?”, “Is it one of your priorities?”, are questions that you may (or more likely, may not) have been asking yourself these last few months. I may be a Coach but I am still human. This means that I, along with most of you reading this, need to prioritise things in our lives at times. Life has been pretty hectic. Blogging, as well as other activities like business networking, have had to take a bit of a back seat.
I welcomed my 2nd daughter into the world last September and since then it has definitely been a challenge to juggle the demands of home life, of working a regular HR/coaching contract and of running a business. There’s also been the small matter of continuing renovations on the house that we moved into a year ago. On top of all that, it can be hard to remain motivated (even for a life coach!) 100% of the time during the dark winter months.
The irony has been that, whilst my life has been busy in many ways it has also been a period where there has been a significant increase in the numbers of clients with whom I am working. With that in mind and, given that family will always come first, it’s been more important than ever to remain organised and focussed so that I’m not in a position of having to let anyone down. I’m glad to say that this hasn’t happened!
HOW TO STAY ON TOP OF PRIORITIES
What certainly helped me was using some coaching tools on my own life and priorities. I created the time to sit down and think about exactly what I wanted to achieve in the coming year. I looked at different areas of my life. These included family, friends, work, spiritual matters, societal contribution, health and wealth alongside what I could lose from my life. It was important to be specific about what I wanted to achieve in each area. So, for example, if I wanted to see a particular friend twice a month, I wrote that down. By being specific, it gave me an easily referable tool to use when daily life throws up its challenges, and I can’t see the woods from the trees. I also split the year into monthly chunks so that any targets that I set became more manageable.
It would have been quite easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of things going on in my life. However, these simple steps helped keep me on track. If you need guidance on being more productive and focussing on your priorities, please feel free to contact me.