Priorities are a part of everyday life. Most of us use calendars to keep task list of what needs to be done when, yet how many of us, at the end of the day, feel we have been productive.
Then there are those who have no lists. No to dos....and what seems to others and no priorities.
Our task lists, or lack there of, are patterns of our decisions. These patterns provide a map to what is most important to us and how we base our priorities. Even not having a task list there are patterns to our decision making. Looking at our decisions, we tend to base them around 5 simple aspects of living:
Financial - any element of your life where financial needs are a priority (i.e. job, work, stock market, etc Mental - any element of your life where your mental state of mind is a priority (i.e. reading, spa, learning, etc.) Spiritual - any element of your life where spirituality is a priority (i.e. meditation, devotion, church, etc.) Physical - any element of your life where your physical needs are a priority (i.e. working out, eating, shopping, etc.) Emotional - any element of you life where your emotional needs are priority (i.e. relational, coaching, therapy, etc.)
If you are the type of person who "has no schedule" and are spinning your wheels to get somewhere in life. Moving forward requires a plan. A plan is a road map, Priorities on what is important to get to where you are going to go. The cool thing about this road map is there are many, many different roads and routes to getting to your destination.
For those who are living based on schedules and task lists, feeling as if the production you are putting is out is costing more than it is brining in. Stop and take a look at your road map. Take a detour. Maybe you need to change the financial road to the spiritual road. Maybe you need a vacation, so you choose to take a mental route. Whatever it is, changing priorities doesn't change the destination, just how you get there.
So take a look at the output of your life. Your kids. Your family. Your job. Your home. You. Check your destination. Is the road your on, your output, leading you to your destination or have you somehow hit a detour? Pull out your road map of life and get moving once more. Align your priorities to fit the road and get moving!
Next time, Part3: Priority Is, Priority Does...what to do when others have different priorities than you.