Setting Wise Priorities — How to Stay on Track, Even Amidst Change

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Setting wise priorities is powerful.

Setting wise priorities is an important time skill.  It gives you the power to make time for what’s most important to you.

But what happens when an unexpected event sends your life into a spin?

How will you prepare yourself for sudden change, so that you can steer your life back on track?

Well, setting wise priorities means that, when you need to, you can know what’s most important and what can be let go of. If you need to make choices quickly, this is very valuable information.

The impact of sudden change…

Most of us feel comfortable when we know what is most important for us to do and why we are doing it. But without warning, our plans, priorities, and patterns, can be sent flying in all directions.

This is what sudden change does. It shakes up everything. Suddenly the choices you had made earlier in your day are no longer relevant or realistic.

For example…

Let’s look at a most frightening sudden change.  Serious illness strikes someone close to you, and you find yourself in the middle of a terrible whirlwind. Imagine how this affects your daily life and tasks. 

What you’ve just learned about stirs up emotions that cloud your ability to think clearly and make wise time choices. All your priorities and established tasks now must take a back seat to the immediate, unanticipated, often unknown choices you must make about how to use your time.

Life’s unpredictability can blindside us if we don’t expect the unexpected. To choose wisely we need to learn to plan for the possibility of sudden change.

So start setting wise priorities:

As a first step, consider two sudden changes. Sudden illness could be one, and the loss of a job could be the second.

In a general way, explore some adjustments you could make quickly if life demanded it. Use techniques like visualization, staying fully aware of your personal boundaries, and recognizing basic tasks that need to get done every day.

This activity helps to clearly re-establish your personal relationship with time. From that place of clarity, your next step is to create effective options for managing your time choices when faced with sudden change.

After all, this is not just about creating short-term lists and long-term planning. It is about knowing yourself, your priorities, and your core values. That’s what setting wise priorities is all about.

So, how will you start strengthening your relationship with time today? What one choice will you make now, to equip yourself with the basic resources you need to navigate sudden change with clarity and flexibility?

Set aside some time today to explore this skill.

And here’s more help…

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast and you’re getting lost in the shuffle? Are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities even are? Well, a time tool that I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you to follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your path with “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.

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