Setting Priorities

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen R. Covey

The way most of us prioritize is simple, we sit down and look at our schedule and decide what we have to do – and prioritize in terms of urgency. Instead of looking at what is important to us – to our work, to our family – all too often what we choose to do is put out a fire and pay attention to what is important last. And although it feels like we’re checking things off our list, we perpetually feel like we’re behind because we’re never putting first the things that help us live happier – live better. As we close this year, it’s a natural time to think about our priorities. Not only can we look back and see if our priorities were in line with our values, morals, and true desires, we can incorporate the lessons from our past year in setting new priorities – ones that propel us forward to being the person we hope to be.  Imagine beginning this year with your vision in mind – not just your goals or your resolutions – but a true vision of how your life can be. Do you want to be in love? Have a thriving business or change careers? Or perhaps simply live healthier? Starting out with a clear vision can help you set priorities that guide and propel your choices – allowing you to not only look at a schedule, but look at the big picture before you decide to do with your time. When prioritized this way, each moment takes on a greater importance and sense of purpose that allows you to not only get stuff done – but get the things done that help you grow. So, before you set down a resolution or a single priority for this next year, consider looking at your vision and prioritize from there.

Weekly Path to Peace: Set your vision, then your priorities.

  • Begin this week looking back over this past year. How did you schedule your time? Did you prioritize based on what was urgent or what was important? Did you make the time for the things you said you wanted to do? Be honest with yourself, but try not to judge or beat yourself up. You’re looking for lessons on how to make this next year even better, not reasons to beat yourself up.
  • What does your ideal vision for 2017 look like? Do you want better health? Great relationships? Dream work? Look at what it is that you want 2017 to really be – let yourself see your ideal vision without making excuses why it can’t be that way. What do you need to prioritize in order to achieve that vision? Working out, time with friends? Look at all the things that you must do each week to achieve your goals and list them as your priorities.

As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change.

Happy New Year!