How to Set Priorities in Life in 3 Simple Steps
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How Can You Set Priorities in Your Life?
We all have many activities in our lives. In fact, sometimes we have so many that we don't have enough time to do them all.
Choosing the most urgent is a challenge, but it is necessary: otherwise, we will go through life without being aware of our own decisions.
Surely you have heard more than once that it is important to set priorities in life, but what exactly does this mean? And, above all, how is it achieved?
Next, we will see a few steps that will help you identify and establish priorities in your life.
Practice this simple 3-step exercise
What if we focused on what really matters in our lives all the time, not just because we experienced a wake-up call, crisis, or major life change, but because we proactively chose to?
What would your life be like if you let go of some of your biggest distractions, the often pointless worries and stress that capture your attention, and really focused more on the people and things that matter most to you?
This is an exercise you can do now (and any time in the future) to take inventory of where you are in this process, and also to get more aligned with what really matters.
Step 1: Make a list of the most important aspects of your life
You can write this list down on paper or in your journal (ideally) or just make a list in your head. These “aspects” will vary depending on your life, interests, priorities, etc.
For most people, however, it tends to be things like family, personal/spiritual growth, health, and professional success/fulfillment that make all the difference in the world.
Fun, money, friends/community, travel, adventure, creativity, home, and more. While you don't necessarily need to rank them, it can be helpful to think about these things with some priority.
Step 2: Make a list of the things you spend the most time doing and thinking about
Take inventory of your day today (as well as the past few days, weeks, and months), and make a list (in writing or in your mind) of where you spend your time and attention.
Tell the truth, even if you are not proud of some activities or thoughts that occupy a large part of your attention.
With this list, it is important to categorize them in some way so that you are clear about which activities, thoughts, and relationships specifically attract your attention and how much you dedicate to each of them.
Step 3: Compare the two lists and see how you can further align them
When comparing these two lists, if you're like me, you may notice that they are quite different. Often, what we say is most important to us is not what we spend much of our time, energy, and thought on.
Without judging yourself, tell the truth about where there are differences between these two lists, and spend some time investigating why this is so.
And as you think about it, ask yourself how you can create greater alignment with these two lists.
In other words, be more mindful and do your best to focus more on what really matters to you!
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