Life is a whirlwind of activities, threatening to sweep you up and carry you away.
Nothing makes sense and your priorities are spinning out of control. You are officially sick of your lifestyle and have hit rock bottom.
Time is a priceless commodity, often depleted and leaving us living in vapor. It is all too easy to get mired in bad habits and time zappers such as procrastination, crisis management, media (television, telephones, technology), and emotional blocks ranging from stress to daydreaming.
Prioritizing your life’s tasks will help you find order, set precedents, and live up to the master plan you’ve designed for your best life.
Shift Your Priorities With These 5 Simple Tips!
1.Define your priorities by planning and using lists. A weekly calendar with daily to-do’s is a helpful tool to budget time and map out the activities that take precedence in the week. List daily, weekly, and monthly activities and prioritize the importance of each task with a ranking of “A(most important),” “B,” or “C.”
2. Always keep your priorities in front of you and check them daily. This is the time when you create order, rearrange ideas, and ensure nothing is left out. Remember, the order of priorities isn’t permanent and should be a flowing, fluid list that is continuously adjusted as personal preferences or life alter each project. Use the master list to keep track of all your commitments. If you are worried about finishing something, put it on the list. Having a list helps you develop long term goals and frees your mental space for other items that need attention.
3. Be honest with yourself and never create impossible goals. Whatever your priorities are, give adequate time to each goal. Being realistic will lead you to a life of fulfillment. Whether your priority is family, health, or career, don’t fall into the trap of doing too much too soon. Take time to identify each priority and define the boundaries that will lead you to a positive outcome.
4. Take time for yourself to reflect. Taking time for yourself seems simple, yet it is the first thing we tend to neglect. When time isn’t set aside to regroup and reflect we feel frustrated, overwhelmed and stressed out. The end result is a loss of priorities and personal needs. Take five minutes in a quiet place to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. A peaceful mind will always lead to clearer thoughts.
5. Stick to the plan. You wouldn’t take a trip around the world without an itinerary. If you want to go anywhere in life you need to plan ahead and remain consistent. Pinpointing the priorities and staying true to the personal goals requires great time management and perseverance.
Remember, life changes and your priorities will shift. You can’t manage all your tasks if you have not identified what needs to be done, determined the actions to accomplish the task and provided yourself with time to reflect. If you don’t set goals and prioritize, you can expect to spin your wheels.
Opportunities happen to people with a plan, and having one is half the battle to changing your life’s priorities.