Juggling Priorities? Try Managing the Heart-Based Way

Juggling priorities? These questions help…

Juggling priorities is a fact of life.

Quite often, we do it without thinking, making choices, and managing competing demands reflexively.

But that isn’t always the best way to go about this. And it can be a challenge to sort things out when you run into a situation where it’s your core values that are in competition.

So, what can you do when you need to choose and every option looks like a top priority? You feel like no matter what you do, something will be lost or someone will be upset with you.

Juggling priorities — 4 questions:

It’s important to approach this with curiosity and an open heart.

I find that asking myself questions nearly always helps me get closer to the truth of the moment. Asking with real curiosity may present you with surprising insights — and that’s always a good thing.

So here are 4 questions to help you get started:

  • What action feels right to me, right now? (Note: This is NOT about what you think you “should” do.)
  • What are the consequences if I choose one passion over the other? (And as a follow-up question, how do I feel about that consequence? Can I live with it?)
  • What does my heart tell me to do? (Let yourself relax and open to what bubbles up.)
  • What commitments have I made that I must honor?

Your priorities and your heart:

These questions tap into the powers of your heart and your mind to help negotiate the challenges of competing priorities.  Your mind provides the frame while your heart supplies the feelings-based information.

Listening to your heart, for example, you might try on the different alternatives and identify what “feels” right.  Then, as a helpful balance, you look to your mind for practical information about probable consequences if you pursue that course.

You’re empowering yourself.

This gives you authentic, heartfelt and grounded insight into your values and priorities.  Combining your heart-based and your adult voices is one of the most powerful and empowering gifts that you can give yourself in ANY situation. 

This combination will never steer you wrong.

So, yow do you feel when you are juggling competing priorities?  Have you tried stepping back and listening to your heart-based and adult voices?

Here’s something more to help…

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast and you’re getting lost in the shuffle? Are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities even are? Well, a time tool that I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life.

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you to follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your direction with “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.


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