Prioritize your life: Make more time for achieving goals, enjoying life   

By JOHNNY CARCIOPPOLO / Community Columnist

For many people, it seems like life has two options: achieving goals and enjoying life. Neither one of them seems as if they are 100 percent fulfilled. There seems to be a broad spectrum on the scale of go-getters and over-achievers to those who slack in all departments.

How many times have you caught yourself saying you don’t have enough time or there isn’t enough time in the day? Is this really the truth? There are many books on the subject of how to be highly successful as well as how to achieve happiness.

If you’re like most people, you probably think these notions are for other people, who are super extraordinary, and you feel that you don’t fall into the mix. Today, the demands of work, career, education, family and homeownership seem to take priority over enjoyment. Relaxation time may be scheduled as a once-a-month outing or even an annual vacation. However, even those pleasures seem to be filled with work.

There’s planning and scheduling and not enough time – or so it seems – for down time. Are you waiting for retirement to enjoy your life? Many workers feel as though they are waiting for life to happen rather than creating life they want.

Do you wish you had more time to achieve goals and even more time to enjoy life? If so, you are certainly not alone. Over the next few weeks we will focus on how to prioritize your life and make more time for both achieving your goals and enjoying your life.

The specific areas we will cover in detail include:

  1. Finding balance
  2. Focusing on goals
  3. Achieving goals
  4. Managing life areas
  5. Time management
  6. Using technology to assist

Next week, Part 1 will focus on finding balance. What exactly does it mean to be “in balance” if life has its difficulties? How do you really achieve balance? These questions and many more will be answered in next week’s column.