What is Your Most Important Thing Today?

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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien


A new day dawns, ripe with possibilities.

Yet the sheer number of priorities and responsibilities most of us juggle each day can sometimes be overwhelming. When I do have unstructured time, I often don’t know where to best focus my energy. Should I write 500 words for my next book? Take a nap? Answer e-mails? Go for a bike ride? Sweep the garage? Call a friend? Create a masterpiece?

Too often, I arrive at the end of the day feeling like I’ve soldiered through the hours and tasks without accomplishing any of the things I really wanted to.

“Pay yourself first,” is a popular bit of financial advice, suggesting that we tuck some money in savings before we pay our bills. So here’s a challenge, my friends:  what if we paid ourselves first from the well of our precious time? Could we try to carve out some moments during this new day to pursue our truest priorities?

What is one thing you could do today, to support your dreams or goals?

Could you figure out a way to pay yourself first today?

If you do, I’d love to hear from you.


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 16 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

6 thoughts on “What is Your Most Important Thing Today?”

  1. Good advice, Eliza. I find I have to have time to myself to do at least one thing a day that is important to me. I tend to pick the late evening hours when I can guarantee the phone won’t ring or a knock at the door won’t disturb that time.

    • I like your determination to do at least one important thing a day, Lois. You seem to accomplish a lot of good and worthy things. (I am also impressed that your phone doesn’t ring with political calls and telemarketers in the evening!) 🙂 xo

  2. Years, ago I decided time with family was important. So I started and sold businesses and patents around the concept that family was first and everything else was not first. There were some bumps but it worked for me.

  3. Wow, this is a difficult one. There are so many things that I think as a parent you tend to put on the backburner. I would either read a chapter of a good book or have a relaxing bubble bath, or maybe even read a book in a relaxing bubble bath – ha ha x


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