It is practically not possible to do everything that is listed on our to-do list due to our busy lives. To balance your work and personal life it is important to set priorities. It is essential to know what is extremely valuable when you desire to make certain alterations to your life. To set priorities straight it is important for you to question yourself for all the things you do. When you put the ‘why’ behind all things you do, you will get a clear picture of why something is paramount to you. While making a priority list, have a calm and stress-free mind. This will help you in getting a clear picture of your priorities in life.
How to set priorities?
To set priorities may seem easier said than done. In this post, I’m going to walk you through the simple steps you can take to set priorities for yourself. However, making this happen can take work. That’s why I create a printable for you to follow along with a create a plan for yourself. This will help you understand what your priorities are and then allow you to set them. Click the button below to grab the free printable.
Ascertain what is paramount to you:
You need to ascertain what is important to you ahead of setting your priorities. This might be hard when there are too many important things to do and you just cannot decide which is most important. In such cases, narrow down to two things which are extremely important and focus to figure out which one has to be done first. For instance, one task might be to look for a good school for your child and the other might be to look for an apartment. Both of these tasks are extremely important. In this case, you can search for a good school for your child first and later search for an apartment in the vicinity.
Make a list:
Jot down all that is important in a sheet of paper. This will make your task easy and manageable. It will also give a clear idea of things that are paramount to you. Now number the tasks. Number one is the most important; number two is the second most important and so on.
Make an action plan:
You need to have an action plan to make things work smoothly. If your plan is to achieve something in the coming year or want to gain more knowledge in a field that you are currently working for, you need to associate them with your priorities. This not only helps you to focus also aids in achieving your dreams.
Check if your priorities are given enough time. Keep a track on your daily routine and see how much time you devote on things, for a minimum of two weeks. You can now have a check on the time that you are actually spending on your priorities. If you have failed to give the required time for your priorities, try investing more time in the coming weeks. Curtail the time spent on less important things and dedicate that time to your priorities. This will make your action plan work.
Assign time slots:
Assign specific time for each task. Try attaining the tasks within the assigned time. Initially, it may be difficult but with practice, it becomes easier. This will help you save a lot of time and you can complete more tasks.
You need to focus for you to set priorities straight. Instead of squandering a lot of time on things that are not important, invest time in the things that are paramount to you. There are a lot of distractions that might consume a lot of your time without your knowledge. Having a clear mind and putting an end to these distractions will save your time.
Change of priorities:
It is usual for your priorities to change over time. You can make a primary and secondary priority list. The primary list should contain all the active or main areas of your life and the secondary list should have those areas which do not require much heed at this time.
How to make a daily schedule for yourself:
- Be mindful while doing any task.
- To keep yourself focused and motivated you must map out what you want to do every day.
- Make a schedule and allocate different tasks at different times of the day.
- Always put in some flexibility.
- Test your new schedule and implement it.
Time management tips:
- Finish most essential task first.
- Avoid distractions.
- Say ‘no’ to unimportant things.
- Assign time limit for each task.
- Make organizing system.
- Plan ahead
Setting up priorities initially requires patience, but it can keep you organized and save lots of time. If you have a plan in hand you can easily execute it. Staying focused is the key to conquer your priorities.
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