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June Newsletter 

Hi, Family Leader,

Do you know how to prioritize? Not just make a list of things to be done, but truly rank and assess, delegate where appropriate, and even toss things in the trash when need be? It’s one of the most fundamental skills I learned during my tenure leading Human Resources at the Boeing Company and has been an incalculable asset in my family life.

When you can skillfully organize and reset your priorities, you “magically” create time for what you want and should do, not just what has to be done right now. The secret is in resetting your thinking about what's important vs. what's urgent.

For example, I used to receive hundreds of emails every day, including many from the CEO. Like you probably feel on many days, there was no possible way for me to do my actual job if I focused on answering emails all day every day.

Despite the multiple exclamation points written in subject lines and the frantic memos contained therein, I had to remind myself daily that certain things, depending on the topic, were important, not urgent. They became important and urgent when the boss’s assistant called to get an immediate response.

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💩Our priorities have gotten all mixed up.


In today’s climate, we don't have to look very far back to see how our lives have been turned upside down by "the virus." An incredible amount of stress and anxiety has weighed heavy on our shoulders as we were forced to change and re-balance our schedules to be parent, teacher, and breadwinner all at the same time, and in the same place. Stress and anxiety tend to cloud our judgement making everything feel desperately important and urgent. That way of thinking is neither true nor sustainable.

We have a way to help.

For the month of June, we’re going to discuss how to establish relevant priorities in our lives to gain back our precious time and general well-being. There is a tested and proven process to evaluate what needs access to our limited reservoir of mental and emotional capacity.

The process involves learning

  • how to distinguish between what's urgent and what's important;
  • how to help your children learn those same skills; and
  • over time, how to have more time for yourself as an individual, as a partner, as a parent, and as a family leader.

What could be better than that?

 

😎Summer is a great time to reset and realign priorities.


As the season changes and we let go of distance learning for the time being, there is hope that life will begin to regain a sense of normalcy that usually happens when summer vacation starts for our children.

Without the stress of assignments and virtual classroom meetings, this is a great opportunity to reset and realign priorities and get into the habit of focusing more time on what's important and less on what's urgent.

Given that we all have the same amount of time each day (24 hours or 1,440 minutes), how do you prioritize? You use the Eisenhower Matrix.

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The Eisenhower Matrix (or alternatively Eisenhower Box) is applied to decision making in this way:
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Take some time this week to think about how these categories might apply to your personal list of things to do. If you aren’t sure what falls into each category, don’t worry.

In next week’s video we will:

  • walk through family related examples in each category
  • provide you time to make your list
  • discuss how to reset your focus so that you're spending more time on the important things like relationships, long-term goals, and higher-order needs (we’ll be talking about Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs) and less time on the urgent ones.

To get you started, here’s a sneak preview of how we applied the Eisenhower Matrix to our own family. We’ll talk about them in next week’s video.

 

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Using this system of classification and the tools we provide over the course of this month’s newsletter series, you can regain your precious time, control how you WANT to spend it instead of how you think you have to, and teach your children to do the same.  

We hope you're looking forward to next week when you can reset what you do to focus on the more important things for yourself and your family, because while it's not urgent, it is important!

Cheers to you, Family Leader,

Rick, Elane, and the Birth2Work Family

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