This week my life has felt particularly busy; between classes, exercise, writing papers, study time in the anatomy lab, grocery shopping and cooking, cleaning, spending time connecting with my husband, and searching for a summer job, it doesn’t feel like there is much time leftover to sleep or breathe. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I choose to make it busy! But there is always a point where the semester reaches a boiling point, and that boiling point is now.

How do I prioritize all of these responsibilities in life?

  1. Exercise. Exercise is always my number-one priority. In order for me to have any prayer at accomplishing anything else on my to-do list, I need to me in a good state of mind. Without fail, exercise does this for me. I can be virtually unraveling, but give me an hour on the elliptical and I’ll be just fine by the end. It’s like exercise presses my internal ‘reset’ button.
  2. Classes and Homework. I’m not paying $10,000 dollars a year in tuition to skip class and blow off my homework, ’nuff said!
  3. CleaningSimiliar to exercise, a clean environment is good for my mood. I find the messier my apartment is, the crankier I am!
  4. Hubby Time. I try to spend real quality time connecting with Zach everyday. Sometimes it’s not until 10 or 11 at night that we finally get to plop down on the couch to catch up and then watch a few minutes of TV. It’s not even the TV that I look forward to, it’s the foot rubs while we watch  🙂
  5. Grocery Shopping and Cooking. I try to do the bulk of my cooking on the weekends and always keep super easy snacks around. This priority moves to number one if there is no food around — a girls gottta eat! And I simply don’t keep junk food around so there isn’t that temptation.
  6. Everything Else. Anything else that I want to do (like blogging and hanging out with friends) gets scheduled around the above.

I never get as much done as I want to in a day, but that’s life. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I like to remember the quote that I read in Oxygen: everyone shares the same 24 hours in a day.

Priorities are on the brain because yesterday I had an exercise in managing them. I was supposed to workout hard yesterday, and then take today as my weekly rest day, but we really needed groceries and I needed to study in the Anatomy lab. I didn’t have time to do all three. I decided to take my rest day to yesterday and go to the Anatomy lab and go grocery shopping. Today, I want to exercise and go to the Anatomy lab, but  I don’t have time for both. Today my choice has to be exercise. Life is a balancing act!

Well, now I’m off to the gym 🙂


4 thoughts on “Priorities

  1. What a lovely post and interesting insight into your life. I like the way you sort out your priorities. I must same I am not as keen on exercise as you. I can go a day or two without it. Any more than that and I start to feel lethargic. Time with The Hubby is very important. I am also grumpy if the house is messy! I love the cooking and some crafting so I try to fit those in when I have some spare time. Have fun at the gym. I am going in much lunch break soon too 🙂

    • Thank you! I, too, feel lethargic without exercise, and I know how easy it is for me to slip into the habit of not exercising, so I need to be in the gym almost every day for sanity’s sake. Also, it too easy to put quality time together on the backburner when life gets busy, because my hubby is so supportive and doesn’t ask for a lot of time. I’m always happier and our relationship is better when we connect every day. Our apartment isn’t spotless by any means, but there is a certain messiness threshold that just makes me crazy! And its funny, because when Zach and I work together, it doesn’t take that long to clean! I look forward to reading about your cooking and crafting adventures — I took a peek at your blog and it looks like it will be very fun to read!

      • Thanks so much about the kind words about my blog. Much appreciated. I will be adding some healthier recipes soon. For the first few weeks of married bliss I enjoyed making whatever I wanted in the kitchen. Now, and a few kg heavier, I am back to my routine of healthy eating and exercise.

        True. When The Hubby and I both do a bit of housework it gets done so fast…

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