How to prioritize your life. You should know that not everything in this life can be a priority. Because there are many unimportant things that will strife and compete for attention over your life and future.
Our day-to-day constant activities are too many, with a short period of time to achieve them. It’s only your basic priorities that help you to decide what is important to invest yourself, time, energy, and what you should let go.
The pace, intensity, and pressures to accomplish our day-to-day goals, both at work and at home seem to determine the direction and quality of our existence.
You must be ready to determine your basic priorities, which is the key step in moving toward more productive use of your time, in achieving your goals in life.
We must learn to do less of inappropriate and irrelevant things and focus more on those relevant ones. So as to create a rich and satisfying life that we truly dream about.
However most times, we mistakenly believe that doing less work to achieve our goals, makes us lazy and ends in a lack of productivity.
Setting basic priorities in life is a matter of deciding what is most important and significant to you. What are those activities and roles that are capable of giving your life meaning?.
Life is full of awesome meaning, but the cloud of constant activity and common bad habits can often change it. When we acknowledge and change these, then we can again enjoy the sweetness of our lives.
Prioritizing tasks includes three steps:
- Recognizing what needs to be done which is the basic priorities
- Deciding on how it should be done
- And when and the order in which to do the tasks
How you prioritize your day determines what work that is to be done. To be efficient in your time use, you have to weed out the work that does not fit in with your imminent and basic priorities.
Learn to say “NO” to those things that look interesting and attractive, and may even provide a secure sense of accomplishment. But do not fit in with your basic priorities.
Task prioritizing means working on the most significant tasks first regardless of how tempted you are to less significant tasks on the way. So, you must separate yourself from those tasks that tend to eat away your time.
Because most times various tasks that fill our day may not really need doing at all or could be done less often. A good understanding of time will help you be more realistic in planning your activities.
Time planning is as simple as outlining ahead of time the work you need to be done in a specific period. It also helps in preventing the frustration of never having quite enough time to accomplish a task.
The exercise on deciding your lifetime priorities is a form of goal setting. Goal setting is the professional way of deciding where you want to be at the end of a specific time. It gives direction to your morning, your day, your week, and your entire lifetime.
”Goals are just wishes until you write them down”…
Keep your goals specific and realistic or, you will continually be frustrated by a feeling of failure. Always remember there is room for adjusting your standards as circumstances changes.
Your standards are what you use to judge whether something is done well enough. Don’t be a perfectionist in any adventure. Be ready to adjust to the changing demands or circumstances as life goes on.
Instead of feeling as if you are somehow falling short, develop the ability to shift standards. So you can be satisfied with less than perfect when your time demands are not met. It is a good way to take the pressure off at a particularly demanding time.
It is important to use these tips on a regular basis to help you remain focused on your goals and task each day. Each of these methods can help you in getting closer to your goals, and more effective with your time.
1. Assume ownership of your time:
Do all you can to take possession of your own time and never allow other people to be in charge of your time without your permission.
Most times we preserve a form of self-delusion that is capable of reducing the control we have over our own lives and time. And this can leave us in a state of feeling helpless, anxious, and powerless over our time and destiny.
Stop the attitude of blaming others for your circumstances and lack of success. Being accountable for your daily challenges, movements, and activities.
Provides you an opportunity to reflect on the choices and actions you took, and make decisions for the following day.
2. Prioritize your day:
It is important you check yourself from time to time to see that you are working on the most significant things. Do not think of priorities only as tasks that need doing, but also as a future achievement.
So, as you remind and direct yourself to the most important tasks of the day. You must also let go of those tasks that really did not need to be done in the first place.
Knowing your basic priorities reduces stress, it also helps you to focus on those relevant things. It can equally improve your productivity and time management.
As soon as you prioritize your tasks, time, and life. You will realize that much of the work that appeared urgent and important to you, doesn’t really need your attention right away.
Procrastination is needlessly delaying or postponing decisions, actions, or works that needed to be done. It’s a habitual way of dealing with tasks you find distasteful or that make you fearful of failure.
You might disguise the procrastination response with an excuse like waiting for inspiration or needing a large block of time, information, and money before tackling a particular project.
Procrastination is a habit, recognizing its dangerous effect can do an incredible job in dealing with it. It takes one who is ready to work, to distinguish between procrastination excuses and legitimate reasons for delaying a decision, action, or work.
When you lack the ability to know when you are procrastinating. There is little chance of overcoming this motionless and stagnant habit. So, determine today on how to overcome procrastination in your daily activities.
4. Learn to say “NO”
Considering your past week, what are those things you should have said “NO” to? What are those things that eat away your time that you should have said no to and let go of you?.
Saying no to those irrelevant things is all about protecting yourself from engaging in those things that are not your basic priorities. Remember you have the right to say no or yes to anything that comes your way.
Everyone on earth has an invisible hedge that protects him or her from negative influences and abusive treatment. Thereby, giving us the opportunity to choose who enters through our gates or not.
We don’t have to say yes to every opportunity. Otherwise, we will be fulfilling others’ dreams and wishes when we have dreams and wishes of our own to fulfill.
So, try focusing on those significant things that will be done by using the two-letter word to decline things that were not part of your basic priorities. And protect your hearts by letting in the good ideas in managing your time.
5. Delegate duties
Delegating means empowering or assigning the responsibility for a particular task to someone else when the need arises. That signifies you no longer have to do the task all alone to avoid being stressed-up.
As a leader, delegating duties is very vital and critical, because you can’t do everything yourself. It also gives you the opportunity to learn how to identify who is best suited to tackle tasks or projects.
Being able to delegate some tasks is a way of freeing up yourself from being jampacked with a task that you may not be able to complete alone.
Understand that delegation of duties is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of a strong leader. It is a way of empowering your team, builds trust, and assists with professional development.
6. Break down large projects into smaller pieces
Most time large tasks can seem terrifying when viewed as a whole. But by breaking them down into smaller achievable parts. You will be able to stay focused and motivated in accomplishing your goal one step at a time.
One of the sources of procrastination is that some tasks can seem too overwhelming to even begin. The most challenging step in major projects is often the beginning.
So think of a major task you have ahead of you, and how you could break it down into manageable sections. Determine to break down into manageable pieces and then begin with a piece you know you can handle.
Moreover, you will have a greater feeling of satisfaction as you complete each portion of the task and this can keep you motivated to the end.
7. Reward yourself
It is great to celebrate and reward yourself whenever you reach an important milestone or achieve a specific goal. Set up a rewarding system for yourself and that will serve as both a motivator to get certain difficult tasks done.
One of the problems with a restless life is that you can be so busy that you even fail to notice the completion of a major piece of work. Any reward to yourself, big or small helps in motivating you to do more.
I want you to remember that the only person who can reward you for your efforts and success is YOURSELF. And the only person who can also motivate you to keep going is also YOURSELF.
I, therefore, encourage you today to always reward yourself for a job well done. Anytime you accomplished a particular task that seems difficult or impossible.