When It is OK to Miss a Day: Stop The Presses for Your Priority Person

Consistency is important to me. I like to commit and do what I promise to do. It is hard to miss when I promise to do something. But, yesterday, I missed day 59 of 80 Days of Excellence. I could backdate, but I would feel like it would be a lie. So, instead, I'd like to make an important point.

 

Day 59 which will never be published is a testament to the importance of setting priorities. Last night, I went with my husband to drop off my son at a church event and we went on a date. A real, sit down, have a conversation and a whole bunch of laughs date. Then, we came home and watched a movie we'd been wanting to see.

I will say, I did think about the blog post perhaps once or twice. But, how can I talk to you about excellence when my highest human priority on earth was sitting right in front of me? What is excellence if I can't put my first person first in my calendar?

Life is about priorities. And there are times you simply have to choose. Yes, I broke the streak. I'd blogged 58 days straight for 6 days a week. Yet, I'm going to let 59 stay unpublished and it is OK.

Part of excellence is knowing your priorities. Then, when those priorities conflict, choosing the highest priority first. And, while I take promises to myself and commitments very seriously, my marriage commitment is most important and Kip and I haven't had enough date nights at all.

Sometimes, in our pursuit of excellence, we work hard to be consistent. And consistently can be a great thing — in fact a key part of being successful. But in that consistency, sometimes there is something to be said for having something high enough on your list to stop everything else – literally stopping the presses like I did here on the blog.

Do you have a priority that you're willing to stop everything else to do? Is that priority a person? Have you stopped the presses lately for that person? If not, why not? If not, why not now?

This post is day 60 of 80 days of excellence. I've created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Theresa Welch May 15, 2019 - 11:01 am

Good for you Vicki! I think its great to see that life happens and we need to remember our priorities. For me, I think I need to remember that sometimes I need to be the priority – whether its resting, recharging, or relaxing – something that is “putting on my oxygen first” type of activity. This way I can show up not only for others, but be my best self all around.

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