If we don’t prioritize what’s important in life, it won’t get done. But are you so over-scheduled or are you so rigid in your schedule that you aren’t seeing things happening around you? Are you possibly missing something better?
This is another short, mid-week episode of Finance Career Launch where we discuss a skill, habit or mindset that will help you advance your career in finance. Today we’ll discuss being open to possibility.
Lately my wife and I have been doing some work on our schedules and priorities. If you are a Finance Career Launch Member you may recall something in a recent newsletter about priorities. I have been feeling over scheduled, overwhelmed and exhausted, partially because of my schedule. And it’s all my fault.
We are all in charge of our lives
If we don’t prioritize what’s important, it won’t get done. Part of this exercise for me has been creating more space in my schedule. I don’t do well when the whole day is back to back with no space in between. I can do it, but it leaves me exhausted and stressed at the end of the day. I’m not talking about the good tired feeling when you’ve just laid it all our there and accomplished a lot. I’m talking about when you ask yourself, what did I even accomplish today?
So scheduling space is important. But just as important, and something I hadn’t thought about in a while, is remaining open to possibility. Being flexible.
Here is what I mean.
This episode was supposed to be something completely different
I had planned to outline the rest of it on a plane ride back yesterday and after that edit the interview that will publish on Monday. Well, God had other plans. As soon as I sat down on the plane this nice older gentleman started talking to me and we ended up chatting the entire flight. It was one of those rich conversations full of wisdom and life that leave you feeling great when you walk away.
Now, I could have taken out my laptop and just started working at a certain point. I could have even told him politely I had to get something done and he probably wouldn’t have minded. We didn’t know each other at all. And part of me really wanted to do that. But I couldn’t, because I knew that this was better.
In that moment, I felt that I should just listen, ask questions and engage in a great conversation. The only reason I was open to it is because of the work we’ve been doing lately on priorities. If I hadn’t been in the mindset of creating space, remaining open, I would have missed out.
So think about that for your own life. Are you so over-scheduled or are you so rigid in your schedule that you aren’t seeing things happening around you? Are you possibly missing something better?
Music by Elijah from NOMADS