Don't work your life around systems but rather make the systems work around your life.
This week was a blur. We took two days off for a family trip to New York, came right back to work with a professional development day, followed by two days filled with back to back lessons (One day was all kindergarten :), and the basketball season kicked off. I know that I am not the only person to ever have a busy week. It is so easy to get caught up in what we are "required" to do. I recently listened to a podcast on productivity and the speaker stated, "often we confuse urgency with important." I certainly get caught in this. Take a min. and ask yourself, "What is it that you truly want?" Don't work your life around systems but rather make the systems work around your life.
Often we get so busy doing what's "required" of us we forget to do what is required of us. We leave less time for our families, we do the urgent rather than the important, and we don't take the time to figure out what we really want in life.
The subway was INSANE! First off, it's New York so there are millions of people. Secondly, the New York marathon added an additional 50,000 runners. Finally, we traveled with a 2 year old! Even though we were smashed on a subway, I'm so grateful for the trip. It really allowed me to spend quality time and put aside the "urgent" situations of life and focus on the important things I value.
If you feel like you are on auto-pilot and looking to rebalance, sit down for 10 min. and list one area of your life that is important to you. Next, commit, set a date and make the consequence so great that you won't skip it. For me it was buying a $400 plane ticket. I promise you won't regret it. One last thing...if you hate being claustrophobic, don't ride the New York subway!