In the rush and stress of life, you can easily lose sight of your personal priorities. And when that happens, you may waste a lot of time on the wrong path. If you're worried about forgetting what's important, start paying attention to what you're really doing in life. Once a week, ask yourself these questions:
- Did I make a difference in someone else's life this week? Satisfaction comes from making an impact on the world, even a modest one in your own small community of friends. Will your efforts make a difference in the near future? How many other people will they benefit? Will the projects you worked on this week matter a year from now?
- How often did I laugh? Laughter and relaxation are important to a well-balanced life. Which of your friends, family or co-workers helped you feel happy? Have you been able to make others laugh as well?
- Am I connected to other people? Don't isolate yourself. Keep the lines of communication and community flowing. And do your best to repay and help the people who've helped you.
- Did I take time for myself this week? Don't burn out on everyone else's priorities. What did you do to relax and recharge your energy? What could you ask someone else to do that would reduce the stress in your life? How effective are you at delegating tasks at work and on a personal basis? Make time to reflect and enjoy your life.