Have You Hit Your Neglected Areas Today?Posted: 2011/12/08
According to one of my favorite ADD-management books, time-management experts have identified four areas of “high-priority activities” that are most neglected: socializing, doing paperwork, reading, and exercise. These ring true with that “self-care” idea: socializing takes care of our crucial human need for social interaction and gives us an outlet for our joys and frustrations; doing paperwork on a regular basis, like it or not, keeps our administrative duties from snowballing into major stressors; reading (and other brain-stimulating recreational activities) gives us a break from daily stress, calms and nourishes our minds, and/or helps us process what’s going on in our lives; and exercise has too many benefits to our physical, emotional, and mental well-being that I can’t begin to list them in a paragraph.
In recognition of this all-too-human tendency to shoot oneself in the foot, I have added a new touchstone in my Daily Reviews (a practice I have yet to detail here, but to which I referred in my overview of the System). In the morning as I look at the day ahead, I am naming one thing I can do in at least one of neglected areas. At night, when I am checking out with my daily planner, I ask myself, “Have I hit my neglected areas today? How?” This is a new experiment, but I hypothesize that these additions to my daily routine will help me pay appropriate attention to these oft-overlooked, important but not urgent areas.
- What are four areas of your life to which you want to give more attention?
- Do these things support your overall well-being and life balance? How?
- Name one thing you can do today to support these areas.