Over 50s Lifestyle Self Care Sunday

Self Care Sunday with Sue – Tip #3 – Prioritize your time

November 3, 2019
Prioritize Your Time

Prioritize your time is this week’s tip in Self Care Sunday with Sue.  I’m sharing learnings from this week on why it is so important to let go of what doesn’t matter so we can enjoy what is important to us in life.

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with all I have taken on in my life lately. I’m especially struggling with my Fitness Course to the point where I was almost going to give up. If you know me then you would understand that giving up is not really in my makeup but sometimes we have to just hoist the white flag and surrender.

As I was preparing to surrender, two emails popped into my Inbox. Both had significant messages and rather than deleting I took the time to read through. They were both so on point with how I’m feeling that I was inspired for this week’s tip for Self Care Sunday with Sue.

Prioritize Your Time
Prioritize what is important in your life

Prioritize Your Time

you define what is important to you by what you dedicate your time to

what you focus on grows. stop managing your time start managing your focus

Marc and Angel Hack Life
Prioritize Your Time

What can you remove from you life that is robbing you of joy and time?

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply suzanne vosbikian November 3, 2019 at 22:39

    Sue, being overly committed is a joy robber and there is no shame in letting go of things that don’t fit into your life. Your advice to prioritize is spot on!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:17

      Thanks Suzanne, I really need to remind myself often not to take too much on. I’m getting much better at it especially since our recent holiday. Thanks for visiting and have a beautiful week. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 4, 2019 at 06:45

    I need to do more of this – I get very distracted with random things. #Lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:17

      Hi Lydia, I get carried away with new ideas and then wonder why I have no time. I’m working hard to change that. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 4, 2019 at 09:19

    Hi, Sue – For me, the best-kept secret has been that we equally need to prioritize our time in retirement as we did when we were working. Seriously, who knew? Before I retired, I believed that I would have an endless blank canvas of time to accomplish everything that I wanted to (and more)! Immediately I discovered how false this impression had been. Your advice to prioritize what is important to us and let the other ‘stuff’ reduce, come later, or drop off is essential –, especially for new retirees. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:18

      I hear you Donna and many of us feel the need to fill up our days because we fear that we will become old and bored. There is balance in life and retirement is the perfect time to exercise that. Have a lovely week and glad you enjoyed the post. xx

  • Reply Shiju Sugunan November 4, 2019 at 14:39

    Yeah, focus is so important!

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 4, 2019 at 14:41

    Hi Sue, I’m so glad you found some solace and support in the timely emails, they are very good messages to take on board. Life can get overwhelming at times and I hope you can work through this busy time. Thanks for the videos too, it’s always great to see and hear you 🙂 . take it easy on yourself xx #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:19

      Hi Deb, it seems everytime I think of something an email pops into my box along similar lines. It has happened again this week for my #4 tip. Must be the universe sending me a sign. Have a lovely week and thanks for your kind thoughts, xx

      • Reply Debbie Harris November 6, 2019 at 17:07

        I’m so glad you are receiving messages from the universe Sue, if anyone deserves them it’s you! Shared for #mlstl

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 4, 2019 at 15:57

    Hi Sue – sending you a hug from WA and to reassure you that you can choose to push on, press pause, or just quit anything and everything in life. It seems like different seasons require different responses. What not working has taught me is that we need to embrace the things that bring us joy (or at least satisfaction) and let the rest take a back seat. Good luck with getting your priorities on point and heading off into the future with a smile and a fresh sense of purpose xx

    • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 6, 2019 at 11:40

      Back again for another #MLSTL and we’re off to a roaring start – I’ve shared your lovely post on my SM xx

      • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:29

        Thanks BBB, I’ve just started but we have a good number so far. Have a great week. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:20

      Thanks BBB, I received the hug! Yes I’m feeling much more on top of things as I remove what I really don’t want to do from my life. I’m getting better at catching myself before I commit to something without thinking. 🙂 xx

  • Reply Patricia Doyle November 5, 2019 at 00:24

    Sue, I used a variation of a time management tool awhile back. This tool has you create a chart of actual time spent versus your goals/vision. It requires you to either have a calendar to review or to keep track in a log of where your time is spent over the course of a week or two. It was eye opening. I was spending more time than I thought on FB and playing on-line games… time wasting. And it also made me realize I enjoyed the time I spent reading and commenting on blogs and it was aligned to my personal vision statement. I know that in the last 2-3 weeks I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed with the new house purchase and therefore consciously put off a few things I said I would do this fall. They might never get back on the list, but if they are important enough, they will.

    Sometimes I take on more to-do’s than are really linked to my vision… just because they sounded interesting. I also need to learn to let go of things that spiral out of control on time-sucking as well! Just because I started it does not mean I need to finish it. It’s not quitting… it’s resetting priorities!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:22

      Your last paragraph is exactly how I am, Pat and can be quite detrimental to our well being can’t it? I’m getting better and feel much more on top of my priorities at last. I hope your move goes well and just remember to take time to breathe. xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins November 5, 2019 at 01:53

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve been MIA…traveling to FL, visiting, exploring. Time to get back on track…
    Yes to this idea. I’m easily overwhelmed with “tasks to be done” and have just now started to work on prioritizing what is “essential to do vs want to do vs it would be nice to do”.
    Still working, but I am getting better as taking a pass on things when that feeling starts welling up and I feel like there is “so much to do, so little time.”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:23

      We are feeling the same way I think Nancy and it is lovely to have you back again. There is time for everything but not all at once and I’m getting much better at doing what I want or need to do rather than getting myself into situations where I don’t really want to do something but commit anyway. xx

      • Reply Nancy Dobbins November 7, 2019 at 01:43

        Back again, Sue, from #MLSTL and shared.

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 6, 2019 at 06:08

    and obvs #MLSTL – thanks for hosting

  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 6, 2019 at 06:38

    Hi, Sue – I’m dropping by again for #MLSTL. I’ve shared this post on my Social Media.

  • Reply Bree November 6, 2019 at 07:34

    This is so important to know when to stop etc. We try and do so much and sometimes we need to work out whats important and whats not. no post from me this time on #MLSTL but happy to share

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:26

      Thank you Bree for sharing and hopefully you are doing something you enjoy right now xx

  • Reply Natalie November 6, 2019 at 07:48

    Hi Sue – Time is our precious and limited resource so yes, prioritize on what brings us joy and focus our time on that. Be kind to yourself and if you need to re-focus and reset your priorities, just do it. It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of confidence and wisdom to do what’s right. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:26

      Wise words, Natalie. Thank you for sharing them with me and for your support. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 6, 2019 at 10:15

    Thank you Sue. Both of those quotes really put things into perspective. Sometimes it’s hard to let things go, but if you realize that everything is a trade off, by eliminating one thing you are able to put more time and energy into something else, it makes it a little easier. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:27

      Hi Christie, we are on the same page this week and I enjoyed your Day of You post shared on #MLSTL. xx

  • Reply Michele November 6, 2019 at 10:49

    Hi Sue, I really like your videos. It is still outside my comfort zone to make videos but I love the idea of it. Also, I know it is a stereotype but to this American Midwesterner your voice totally sounds like Olivia Newton John!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 6, 2019 at 13:28

      Hi Michele, I am trying to improve and I have some ideas I want to pursue. It can definitely be out of our comfort zone but I’ve had some lovely resposnes which is encouraging. Wow, ONJ, I’ve never had anyone tell me that before! She is lovely though so I’m happy to sound like her LOL:)

  • Reply Suzanne November 6, 2019 at 13:46

    Sue, this post resonated with myself and I must admit I also tend to say “YES” I can do that, especially with volunteering work though I did cancel one event. I don’t enjoy cancelling a commitment. It was a lesson to remember to count to 10 before committing my time. I am enjoying getting more involved with our local community. Just have to remind myself that I have other things and people to enjoy.

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle November 6, 2019 at 15:15

    Hi Sue – some great quotes and points as outlined in your video. It’s very true that if you say “you don’t have time” … it really does mean that it’s not that important to you because if it were, you’d find the time. I also like the quote saying that what we focus on grows. Both these things resinate for me and are a good reminder to take a good look at how I’m spending my days and perhaps reprioritise how I spend my time. BTW – good luck with your fitness studies. I’m sure you’ll know what’s right for you – to lighten the light elsewhere and push on or to decide it’s not for you and let it go. Either way you’re no less a person. Enjoy the rest of your week! xo

  • Reply Miriam November 7, 2019 at 07:11

    Isn’t it amazing how messages come to us when we most need them. I love your advice to prioritise what’s important. It really is okay to let go of some things. Hope you’re having a great week Sue. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan November 7, 2019 at 09:02

    One BIG lesson I have learned in the past couple of years (post cancer diagnosis) is that when my time is for me to choose what to do, I grab it with both hands. That said, I also have a loose routine each day to ensure I am doing (being!) something that refreshes and renews me (solo coffee, browse at shops and write in my journal) helps others (social networks and blogging) and with my husband. We connect at meal times and through the day and have a date morning. It was very hard for me, a teacher with timetables, to begin her life as a retiree with NO planning which ends up being boring and wasteful. My ‘loose’ timetable is not a must but a suggestion. I also operate now on the philosophy that what was right for today may not fit tomorrow’s needs. Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is 45/51 Share Your Snaps #9 11/11/19…the second LAST for 2019 (where did that year go!) Hope to see you there. Denyse.

  • Reply Jennifer Jonea November 7, 2019 at 09:44

    Hi Sue I agree with you that prioritising is so important. We have to do what is right for us, not what somebody wants us to do. I could never say no when I was younger or if I did I felt the need to give an excuse. Today I can easily say no and not give a reason. If the other person doesn’t like it, it’s their problem, not mine. May seem harsh but it can be done with kindness.

  • Reply Erica/Erika November 7, 2019 at 12:07

    Hi Sue, A number of your recent posts and especially #3 are reminding me of Stephen Covey, “sharpening the saw” in our personal lives. I also LOVE Marc and Angel. Their words often help me on a daily basis manage life’s challenges. You are part of this category, too, Sue. You just reminded me of something I recently heard: paraphrasing – instead of ticking things off a list, remove them entirely from the list. Always great posts, Sue! (by the way, my comments not showing up on your site via Safari, so switched to Firefox) Could be my site acting up?

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