Self Care,  Spiritual

Setting Priorities In Your Life

Do you ever feel as though absolutely everything in your life is demanding your attention all at once? Your email notification just pinged, your phone is buzzing because you have texts, missed calls, and you’ve been tagged in a meme on social media. You still have that work deadline to worry about, plus you need to make dinner and tackle tomorrow’s lunches for the kids. There are bills to pay, and you are exhausted just thinking about what you have on your plate tomorrow. All that worry and it all worked out in the end. Somehow you just managed to get the most important things taken care of. It just happened like that. The urgent stuff controls your time, it controls your life. You haven’t seen your friends in a while, your parents barely bother to call, and what’s this? Your clothes are too tight because somewhere in there you gained weight. How is this possible? You try really hard, but somehow to set priorities in your life seems wrong. But you know it’s time to sit down and prioritize your life. 

1. Break
Yes, you’re going to have to take a break in order to set your priorities. This is when you can really think about your life as it looks now. What’s important and how would you prefer to live? Do you want more energy? Do you want to spend more time with family and friends? Do you want to be healthier? Write all of it out, and think about your future. In five years from now (and ten), what will you be proud of? It doesn’t matter whether you think it’s feasible, just write it all down. You should only have as many as five things on your list, anything else means you might be confusing the important with the urgent.

2. Daily Tasks
Write out your daily tasks and highlight the ones that align with priorities. So, if you ride your bike to work, that’s something that supports your health which means you can highlight it. That stuff that has highlighted is important, the rest is urgent.

3. Urgent Matters?
There are certain tasks that fall under urgent that you can let go of entirely or, delegate. Checking social media shouldn’t be classed as urgent. Paying bills? Set up an automatic payment with your bank, then the system does it for you. Others you can organize. Such as batches of lunches or meals on specific days so that you don’t have to repeat the process daily.

4.Test For A Week
Now you have your plan, you can try it out for a week to see how it goes. You can pick up on any mistakes and tweak it. You will be able to test what works, what doesn’t, and what you can improve on. It’s totally worth it.

5. The Important Stuff
When you feel more settled in your new routine, it’s time to put the important stuff in. Go back to that list where you wrote down what you want more of in your life and start scheduling your priorities into your life. Don’t put it in your schedule if you don’t have time to do it. So, if you can only manage 30 minutes of exercise, don’t schedule an hour. You’re setting yourself up to fail.

You can’t jump right to the dreams immediately, that’s biting off a bit more than you can chew right now. You need to work up to it. However, there’s nothing wrong with gradual progress. It’s all in good time, and you want all the other good things to stick. So, if you take on too much at once you will lose the good things you’ve worked hard at.