Start Prioritizing What Matters Most To You

Start Prioritizing What Matters Most To You

Start Prioritizing What Matters Most To You

One of the most important things that you need to focus on to be successful is your priorities, what matters most.

Our mind is pretty amazing.  It can do much more than we ever ask of it.

But sometimes we get sucked into being overwhelmed and overstretched.

It probably wasn’t your plan to get so busy.

You probably didn’t even realize you were creating a life of hustle and bustle, jumping from one project to another with never enough time.

We’re so busy doing what we “must do,” rather than what is truly important to us.

Decide what’s important

Having your priorities in order means that you are able to easily address your priorities in order of importance.

It’s so easy to get caught up in unimportant things such as drama, television, and other small things.

When you get so focused on unimportant matters, you forget the things that are truly significant, the things that will help you achieve your dreams and goals.

Maybe you had a dream to own your own business, creating products or maybe even something like starting an orphanage in a third world country.

But maybe you tabled the idea because you had other priorities, like your 9-5 job, your spouse, children and more.

You can find a healthy balance and meet those responsibilities while still pursuing your own dreams, too.

Having your priorities out of whack can be very mentally draining.

One of my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs is:

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”

When you waste your focus too much on things that won’t help you achieve your goals, you start to become stressed out, whether you realize it or not.

You might find yourself doing things that are not helping you get to your goals, or that are not important to you.

Focus on what matters.

When you learn how to prioritize your life, you can focus with intention on what matters and accomplish your most important goals.

There are things you really want to prioritize, like spending more time with family, starting your business, or maybe that passion project like an orphanage.

And there are things you have to prioritize, like showing up at work.

And then there are the distractions that get in the way of what you really want.

Maybe you’re offered a high-paying job that seems too good to pass up, even if it means taking you further away from your ultimate goal or spending less time at home with your family.

Day-to-day activities, such as answering emails, running errands, or even getting caught up in social media eat up more time than you realize.

When you are clear about what’s important to you, it’s easier to focus on the end result and evaluate whether each decision will get you closer to that result or not.

Schedule the things that matter.

In order to make a big change in your life, it will require you to put in consistent effort over time.

Look at your calendar at the beginning of the week and put the time in for the activities that are related to what matters for your priorities.

Then schedule everything else around those things.

Develop daily habits to achieve your goals

For example, if you want to publish a book, spend 20 minutes each day writing.

If you want to build a better relationship with your partner, set aside the quality time to be with them, without phones or other distractions.

Left to the default, your time will never be your own.

The only way to make your time your own is to own it.

And it’s those small habits, followed consistently over time, that are the stepping stones that will get you closer to achieving your goals.

Stay the course.

The most emotionally beneficial part of having your priorities in order is the sense of self satisfaction that you get knowing that you either achieved your goal or have made progress towards it.

If you haven’t made any progress, then when you go to sleep at the end of the day, or look back on your week, you’ll feel like you didn’t accomplish anything.

When you get things done, you can reflect back on your week, month, or even year and see the progress you’ve.

This helps you feel proud of yourself.

Every time you complete a daily habit, your brain releases dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitter.

Dopamine makes us feel good.  And when our brain gets a hit of this rewarding neurotransmitter, you’ll want to do it again and again.

You know that you’re on the right track to improving your life.

Over time, those repeated habits are what will lead to big changes.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What are your top priorities?

What are the activities associated with those things?

How do you make sure they get on your daily calendar?

Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.

I would love to hear your stories.

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