Setting Your Priorities — How to Supercharge Your Planning Power

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Setting your priorities helps you choose wisely…

Clarifying and then setting your time priorities is a key time management skill.

And unfortunately, it’s one that we often don’t actually get to in the rush of daily life.

Earlier this week I wrote about the over-arching importance of planning, and you can read that post here.

And there’s a lot more to planning, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Setting your priorities…

This is a huge topic, and we certainly won’t be exploring all of it here. But if you want to be in charge of your time choices and avoid falling into the trap of responding reactively to time challenges, you’ll want to look at how and what you prioritize.

A key step in setting your priorities is, first and foremost, to make time to do it. That may seem very obvious, but without the time to do it, you will never make a start on setting priorities for yourself. 

And the time you invest in this upfront will stand you in good stead as you navigate the challenges of your day.

Prioritizing your to-do list.

In our planning post, we talked about how planning is like scanning the landscape from up in the air. Prioritizing is a further refinement of this tool. 

As you work through your list of tasks for the day, list them in order of importance.  Things to consider will be questions like: 

  • What will happen if I don’t get this done today? 
  • How many people will be affected?
  • Am I responding to others’ urgency or is this a priority for me, too?

It may also be helpful for you to work on your priorities using a computer. It will be easier to move things around as you juggle your priorities. You can certainly do the same by hand, but the computer makes quicker work of it.

Think about categories…

I like to work with categories, as I prioritize. Survey the large categories of activities and responsibilities that you have in your life. Make a list of them, and be sure to include self-care as one of your categories. 

You’ll learn a lot as you prioritize these shorter lists and survey the busy landscape of your life.  And you may note the need to introduce more balance, for example.

So, do you already prioritize tasks in your daily life?  How will you incorporate this time tool into your day today?

For more help setting your priorities:

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 direction 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.

Let’s explore time together…

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