Part Two: Treat Priorities as Sacred
When looking for ways to do more in less time, the things that you value the most must become a priority. How do you distinguish a priority? By setting aside a specific amount of time dedicated to that only, then being able to say "no" to everything that would try to interrupt that time. Priorities are determined based on what you value the most.
Perhaps your schedule is extremely hectic and you need to make some time for you. This is especially important if you value your sanity! Whether you choose to carve out time once a week or every day,do not allow other responsibilities to interfere. Whether you spend that time in silence, reading, writing or doing your favorite thing, there should be no phone calls accepted, no emails read, and no answering knocks on the door. Listen to music, go for a walk or do whatever your soul desires, but make it meaningful to you.
The point to remember in treating priorities as sacred is to make those moments count. If that means fifteen minutes with each child, then don't allow the other children to interfere with that child's time. Remind them that their turn is coming, then keep your word. The bills will be there, the other challenges will remain; however, the relationships that count the most deserve our undivided attention. Choose to live well by determining what your priorities are, then keep them sacred.