Many of us take each day as it comes and then seem surprised to find where life has taken us. Consider this: Do you prioritize the areas of your life and make decisions based on those priorities? Or do you go with the flow and leave everything to chance?
It is easy, in the onrush of life, to become a reactor; to respond to everything that comes up, the moment it comes up, and give it your undivided attention until the next thing comes up.
This is, of course, a recipe for madness. The feeling of loss of control over what you do and when is enough to drive you over the edge, and if that doesn’t get you, the wreckage of unfinished projects you leave in your wake will surely catch up with you.
Many people know what their priorities are in life and they efficiently set their priorities too but another problem they face after setting their priorities is that they forget their priorities while dealing with their day-to-day life. So always use a reminder or an alarm which will remind you of your priorities daily. (If you are our client, you may also find this on our App)
Priorities serve as a guiding star to keep you on course. Every action that you take and every decision that you make will put you one step closer or one step farther away from your goals. Learning how to set priorities is the first fundamental step to becoming more productive. When your focus is in doing the rights things, you become a productive machine that seems to be able to get everything done. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind:
Make the time to set your priorities — it won’t happen by itself.
Keep the process simple. Select priorities based on sound reason rather than a complicated formula.
Think beyond today. Ensure that your priorities withstand the test of time. Although priorities should be written in ink rather than erasable pencil, remember that they can be changed at any time.
Make the hard choices. Determine what matters MOST to you. If everything’s a priority, then nothing’s a priority. By now, you should have figured out your deepest why and what. This is what is going to fuel your mission to prioritize and become more productive.
Choices have consequences. Saying “no” to one thing allows you to say “yes” to another.
Maintain balance. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance. While this may sound simple, it’s not easy.
Make joint decisions. Discuss your goals with those close to you. If priorities are aligned, you won’t work at cross-purposes.
Get a reality check. Give yourself a periodic check-up to ensure that you’re on course.
The things that you gave priority in the past have given you results today and the things that you give priority today will give you results tomorrow. You are much more in control of your life, than you think!
PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME!
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