What are your priorities? Most people have more than one priority, and on some days the importance of those priorities can shift.
You have career or job priorities, priorities to your family, children, or significant other, and you should have personal priorities as well (like self-care, hygiene, and hobbies too).
Some people are great at keeping their priorities straight – always paying the bills before spending money on fun stuff.
While there are other people who have their priorities completely out of whack. They don’t take care of things that should be most important, like paying child support or showing up to work on time.
Why You Need to Set Priorities
Priorities help with planning your entire day, and your entire life.
Without setting priorities you may never accomplish any goals, and you might end up having your electricity shut off.
Priorities are a part of adulthood, and they help you accomplish your goals, both long term and short term.
How to Set Your Priorities
If you want to be an expert with goal and priority setting, you need to know how to do these things. You do need to want to accomplish things in life, and in work. Here are some steps that will help you set and accomplish your goals and priorities.
1. Identify Your Priorities
What’s important to you? What are the things that you have to do in order to survive, or keep the things you have? These things should be your top priorities.
Some of the most common, and important, priorities people have include their homes, their families, and their jobs. If you have pets, they’re an important priority as well.
Other things are important, but maybe less so than those listed above – like hobbies and alone time. These are things people need in order to keep enjoying life.
You also need to make sure you’re making yourself a priority, including your health, wellness, and happiness.
2. Determining Priority Level
Once you know what your priorities are, like keeping your family fed or keeping a roof over your head, it helps to decide the priority level of each of them.
What is most important to you? What is least important?
Work (which pays the bills) should be one of your top priorities. However, it shouldn’t dwarf the importance of family (your children and your significant other, especially).
Additionally, hobbies may be a higher priority for you if you intend to turn them into a lucrative business one day.
3. Setting Attainable Goals
To ensure your priorities are being met, you’ll need to set goals.
Goals can be large or small, and they can be short term or long term.
In the long term, you may want to save up and buy a house. In the short term, you want to be able to pay rent on your apartment every month, on time.
When it comes to successful goal planning, you need to make sure you’re setting goals that are attainable in the amount of time you’re looking at.
Don’t plan to lose twenty pounds in one month. Unless you’re overhauling your diet and workout schedule in a major way, it’s not going to happen. Plus, it’s an unhealthy amount of weight to lose in that time.
Take this as just an example, and do some research on how long it takes to accomplish certain goals and tasks before you set a date.
4. Write it Down
Experts, when it comes to setting priorities, know the importance of writing things down.
Lists are your friends when it comes to setting and accomplishing goals. Write down your priorities, from biggest to smallest. On another paper, write down the goals you want to accomplish today and this week.
Your priorities are most often things that you’ll continually be working on. Their priority level may change, but they stay on your list indefinitely. Your goals, however, can be crossed off as you accomplish them. Start a new goal plan each week.
What Makes You an Expert?
If you’re regularly accomplishing your goals and keeping your priorities straight, then you’re an expert.
There are lots of people out there that would rather spend money on toys and concert tickets and then pay their bills late (or not pay them at all). These people have thrown their priorities out the window.
By not keeping your priorities straight you can expect some negative results.
You may end up with bad credit if you’re racking up credit card bills but not paying the cards off. You could lose your job if your hobbies have become a higher priority than your career.
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It’s never too late to get your priorities in check. Reevaluate the things that are important to you, and the things that should be important to you. Focus on goals, and you’ll be successful in no time.
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