How to Prioritize Your Life
There was a point in time (during the lowest point in my life), where I felt as though I had no direction. I didn’t feel as though there was any reason to wake up in the morning. I went to work, came home, ate dinner, went to sleep, and hit the repeat button.
Until I woke up one morning and realize that I felt so horrible because I didn’t have my priorities straight. I didn’t have anything to look forward to each morning because I wasn’t interested in anything.
So one afternoon, I sat myself down and really thought about where my priorities stood. I started by writing down what I was passionate about and what values I held close.
I jotted down 5 passions and 5 values:
Love (loving people, things, and being loved)
Writing (in any form)
Learning (forever learning)
Laughing and making people happy
Adventure and experiencing the world
Create a positive impact in the world
Try this yourself. Your list will (most likely) look different from mine.
I found that after I wrote down these two short lists and posted them where I could see them, I began to incorporate them into my life more. At first it was just one or two things and now I center my actions on these things. I volunteer, leave positive comments and notes in places that I go, create more art (written and other), etc.
After I was done creating my lists, I began to organize my life. When you begin this process, it is important to note that it is a long process and that you have to take it one step at a time. Try to incorporate these tasks into your daily life, little by little.
Make short to-do lists so that you can dedicate your full attention to one task at a time.
Figure out where your family and friends are on your priority list. I placed them at the top of my list. This will ensure that I nurture my most important relationships.
Align your efforts with purpose. Having a sense of purpose helps to let you know just how important each task is.