SETTING YOUR LIFE’S PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

Too much to do in too little time? It’s incredibly annoying and frustrating. Time seems to whizz by, and before you know it the day is done and the things that matter most to you are falling by the wayside. You might tell yourself that you will focus on what is important tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes.

Are your life's priorities straight?

Something ALWAYS gets in the way.

You are too busy, frantically searching for just a few minutes to retreat from the hustle and zone out from the stress.

You get more and more depressed as the things you are most passionate about and which give you a sense of purpose, get perpetually kicked into the long grass. The continual lack of fulfillment stresses you out.

If you can’t even reward yourself with a few minutes of peace and quiet or leisure, how are you supposed to find time for those things which are really important to you?

What if there was a way to beat Father Time?

There is a way: PRIORITISE THE THINGS THAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU IN LIFE.

Okay, you might say. But what about all the other things that I need to get done?

You can’t do everything in one day. I used to try this A LOT. You spread yourself too thinly and don’t have enough time to enjoy the things that you really like, since you are constantly aware of the other chores and activities you have yet to do. You are merely skimming the water rather than going in the depth needed to really progress ad accomplish your goals.

Some tips:

1. Distinguish what is important to you from what isn’t

This doesn’t mean you neglect your other duties – you’ll still probably have to work, do chores etc. Make a list of the things you really want to accomplish in life. From that, break this down into further detail about what steps you will take to achieve them. Choose up to a maximum of three at any one time so you can work on getting there faster.

As for those things which aren’t important? Do you really need to do ALL of them? Can you bin some? Are you taking on too much work and need to delegate instead? Freeing up time from needless activities will certainly help your progression.

2. Set some time aside in the week to focus on your priorities

Working on all of your priorities does not have to be done every single day. With the modern lifestyle, this could indeed be very difficult to accomplish. And you obviously don’t have to work on all of your priorities in the same day. You can space it out during the week, but making sure you dedicate enough time to it to make progress you can be proud of. Even better, set a particular time that you will work on your priorities, e.g. on Thursdays, 6pm I will work for an hour and a half towards my piano exam. I shall not deviate from this schedule!

3. Stay focussed and excited

Keep that determination and willpower strong. It may take a long time to see your priority through with other work to do, but it is that constant working towards achieving it that will lead you to triumph. Focussing on your passions will make you happier with how you spend your days. Always imagine how it will make you feel when your priority has been accomplished and how it will improve your life.

4. Celebrate when you have seen your priority through

Reward yourself with something nice – you have reached a milestone and should rightly feel proud of your accomplishment. You are on to bigger and better things!

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Try it for a month and see how you get on. At the end of it you should be happy at the progress you have made with your prioritised tasks. But remember: priorities change according to your circumstances and situation. What might be a priority now, might not be a few weeks, months or years down the road.

 

How did you get on? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment below.

 

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