Do you know what your highest valued activities are?...mine starts first thing in the morning!
While my morning coffee and journal ritual technically earns me zero dollars, it definitely makes me more equipped to do good work and be kind to people… so it easily qualifies as a high value activity.
My morning routine goes like this: upon waking up I stroll into the kitchen and put water on the stove to boil… as it heats I admittedly check the internet for all the things. When the kettle starts screaming at me I know it’s time to focus and begin the day. In the 3ish minutes I let my coffee steep in the french press I’ll wash my face (SPF!) and pick out my clothes (these leggings or those leggings?). Then I’ll sit down with my coffee and review all of my to-dos for the day and make a list of priorities (I still use an old school planner). By the time my coffee is ready to drink I start journaling...
Journaling is the best tool I have for checking-in with myself and giving a space for all the junk stuck in my brain. The words that get dumped onto the pages of my journal help to give my life focus- and when I’m focused I feel lighter, and happier, and can ultimately do my work better - therefore it has high value. It’s a virtuous cycle!
I also consider sleep, nutrition, quality time with family and friends, time in nature, meditation, and exercise (Pilates, duh!) to be on the list of my highest value activities.
Recognizing what YOUR high value activities are - and most importantly, making them your highest PRIORITY - will always help life feel full and RICH!
If you’re not sure what your highest valued activities are (or think it might be time to re-prioritize) ask yourself these questions:
What simple actions are crucial for you to...