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It’s all about Priorities

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It’s 11:00pm and I’m cleaning the bathroom.

I’m tired, my head is aching, I have to get up in less than six hours, and I’m ensconced in the heady fragrance of bleach and disinfectant. But I’m humming a merry tune.

When I realise what I’m doing, I start to laugh. Because this is crazy, right? What sane person would be in this situation?

As I scrub the shower cubicle, I think about priorities.

There was a time I thought I was good at prioritising. I managed a busy office. I had staff and responsibilities and so much to do that my to-do list sometimes stretched for pages at a time. And then I had kids, and I discovered that I knew nothing about meeting deadlines, prioritising tasks, and having a demanding and uncompromising boss.

These days I’ve got a better handle on it. We have a schedule, a routine, and I’m pretty good at making it happen. Cook dinner, eat dinner, clean up dinner, bath the kids, read a bedtime story, maybe two, have some cuddles, a few kisses, one more drink before bed, and then, finally, the bliss of two sleeping children. And then…

Relax.

The day is over.

Except for all the housework left to be done.

Washing. Ironing. Tidying. And the job that gets put off most of all: cleaning the bathrooms.

Once, I would have prioritised those jobs, and made sure to get them all done before bed. But not anymore.

Instead, I looked around at all the housework that needed doing and I said to myself, “Self. Get your priorities straight. The first thing you need to do is write. After you’ve finished writing, if you’re still awake enough, you can start on the housework.”

And so tonight, it’s 11:00pm and I’m cleaning the bathroom.

I’m tired, my head is aching, I have to get up in less than six hours, and I’m ensconced in the heady fragrance of bleach and disinfectant. But I’m humming a merry tune.

Because I know I’ve got my priorities straight.

Are you good at prioritising?

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