According to the online dictionary Merriam-Webster.com, the word occupation means “the principal business of one’s life.”
Your occupational priorities may encompass a job or a career if you have an employer, or a business if you are your own employer. Either way, there are three types of occupational priorities:
• Those that improve your overall performance
• Those that improve the performance of your workspace.
• Those that improve the performance of your team.
Here are just a few examples of occupational priorities:
• You want to read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr Stephen R. Covey over the next month. (Improves the performance of your workspace.)
• You want to hire a consultant to create productivity systems in the office. (Improves the performance of your workspace.)
• You want to incentivize your employees by adding quarterly bonuses for high achievers. (Improves the performance of your team.)
• You want to get your master’s degree in order to increase your professional savvy. (Improves your overall performance.)
• You want to implement measures to stop getting interrupted and distract at work. (Improves your overall performance.)
Ultimately, whenever your make choices about how to live your life, your occupational priorities should be right there with you.
Remember, every moment of your life you live in choice! So you want to ensure you make decisions that will allow you to live your best life. But don’t worry – your occupational priorities and core values will act not only as a filter to keep out the bad (clutter), but also as a compass to lead you in the best direction: toward serenity, as defined by you.
To help you identify your occupational priorities, please answer the questions below with an open heart and mind.
Answer the following questions.
1) Set timers for five minutes and allow your thoughts to flow freely. During the allotted time, list any occupational priorities that spring to mind.
2) Review the list of occupational priorities you brainstormed for the questions above. Pick your top five and write them below.
3) Review the list of five occupational priorities you brainstormed for the question above. Pick the one that is most important to you and write it below.
Then write it somewhere you can see it daily– manifest it into being! Energy goes where attention flows- so throw up your hands and bring it to the heart center … give it the attention it needs to become the framework around which all other choices will be made!
Here’s to you ~