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.



J. Bernardo

"Joy Bernardo – writer, student for life, daughter, friend, artist, nerd, movie lover, avid coffee drinker, obsessive reader, and girl. Her list of accomplishments include receiving her college degree, following her passion, finding love, and finding her purpose in life. You can find out more about her at".