In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you might miss it.” Words to live by. And I try.

In my day-to-day routine everything seems to be moving at 100 miles an hour. An appointment needs rescheduling.  I have to catch a flight.  An employee has a problem.  My daughter needs a hug.  A P&L statement needs reviewing. Software needs developing and a client wants advice. The list goes on.

Where is my life in all that? Well, that is my life. My family, my employees and my clients all rolled into a smorgasbord of excitement and worry. I often find myself checking to make sure I am fulfilling my duties with each of these three categories. Sometimes something has to give. And there are many days when I fall short. In fact there have been days when my attempts to succeed at giving relationships priority have been a disaster. But most of the time I’m able to put the hug first. I put the employee with the problem and the client that needs advice next.  The appointments, flights and P&L statements come last.

Life does move pretty fast! But my WHY in life is to help others. If I am being true to my purpose people in my life have to come before the things. That is my litmus test for how I spend my time.  I make sure to slow down every now and then so I can put people before profits. Beuller was right!