A Lesson in Priorities
Today at work, I was supposed to be in a training class at 12:30. But I’m also conducting training classes all this week. I was helping wrap up a session I’d just finished, making sure that all the trainees had the resources they needed when a co-worker came running up, breathless.
“Steve, you have to come now. You’re late for training,” she gasped.
I looked up at the clock.
“They sent me to come get you,” she panted, turning to strut away. I followed.
I still needed to stop by a supervisor’s desk and touch base about one of the trainees on her team. I was torn. I really did need to get to class if they were holding up the training for me.
As a trainer myself, I know how bad it is to start off behind the gun on the agenda.
Setting Boundaries and Honoring Your Priorities
Once I got to class, I began to think about urgency. When my co-worker showed up and insisted that I come to class with her, I followed because she was insistent.
I really needed to go to the restroom and wrap up what I was doing first, but I followed her instead.
What are the areas of your life that you allow to be taken over by urgency?
Do you let go of your own priorities because someone else appears with an urgent demand for your time or energy?
Only you can set the boundaries on your own life and say, “Thank you for letting me know that. I have to finish what I started and I will take care of that as soon as I can.”
Only you can decided what is most important for you to dedicate your energy to. Only you can ensure that this priority is protected from others.
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