Knowing how to set priorities can feel overwhelming.
Having a priority means that you hold that thing in high regard or treat it more important than something else. Whether you realize it or not you have priorities in your life.
If you choose to watch your favorite TV show over cleaning up your kitchen so you could wake up to a cleanroom. That TV show was your priority.
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When you are talking with a friend but you hear your child scream in the other room. Your priority shifts from building a friendship to caring for your child.
How to set priorities is really not as hard as we make it out to be. We just complicate things when we think too hard.
Prior i ties & Plans Make Your Life Easier
Priorities are subject to circumstance, they are what cause us to change our plans in a moment’s notice and make choices easy even if that choice is not something we want to do.
Understanding what is important to you and what you value is key to setting priorities in any part of your life. Sometimes you know what they are without even thinking. Like running to help your child. And other times you will have to sit down and really think about it. But taking the time to figure that out will help you make decisions down the road.
This simple planner is great for setting priorities and goals for the week.
When you know your priorities, you are able to make some of the hardest desitions in a moment’s notice without hesitation. That is what causes an adult to run in front of a moving vehicle to save a child’s life.
Priorities and plans allow you to be flexible. When you know where you stand on something or in the time you have open. You are able to shift as needs change.
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Don’t Choose The Priorities Of Others
You have ideas in your head of what your business should look like. All the gurus tell you the way to build your own business and they are so successful. So you lay out a plan and you work so hard until you feel like you have accomplished that goal. Once you finally achieve what you were working towards you realize it looked a lot different from the outside.
Your best friend has the most beautiful home that is
So you start doing all the DIY projects, set a diet and exercise plan. Soon you are in a house that does not feel like a home. You are eating food you hate and you are cantankerous with your spouse because they are the reason you are doing something you hate.
Those examples might seem silly but they are often things we try to do. It is so easy to get sidetracked with what others are doing. You see all of the awesome things they are doing and that takes you on a path you never intended to go on.
How To Set Your Priorities
There are a few different levels of priorities. Things we won’t (and shouldn’t) budge on like our values and convictions. Things like faith and characteristics you value in people. Keeping your family first over your business.
One big thing that I sick to in my first business is not showing over church on Sundays. So unless I can’t get my rabbits to the show and back in time for church I don’t go. Is it hard? Yes. But it is a boundary that I have set for myself and I don’t cross it.
Then there are the things that we want out of life. Our desires, the end goals that we are working towards. We could also look at these things like goals. Things like wanting to make money so your family can do fun things or to help add to your savings account to be more financially stable. Or being more healthy so you can do things for your family and be there for them.
In life and in business you need to know what is most important to you. You need to clearly see the lines you won’t cross or things you are not willing to sacrifice for success. Things like spending time with our family or working so many hours that you can’t enjoy the life you have created.
Knowing the important things in life will enable you to say no to the opportunities that don’t fit your goals.
Your Priorities Will Change And That’s Ok.
For people with type A personalities and who love to follow a schedule. (I am at the front of the line here) It can be hard to shift gears.
We set our the plans for the day and if we don’t follow those plans we feel like a bad human or entrepreneur. I say we because that was me not that long ago. I still like a schedule but I am working on getting better at going with the flow and not let it rock my day when I can’t stick with it.
Plans can and will change and that’s ok. When you are feeling stressed and like life is spinning out of control sometimes you have to stop and refocus.
The post How To Center Yourself When Life Stresses You Out will help you bring your emotions back down to calm and help you get back in the saddle
It is easy to forget you are not locked into doing anything. Plans can change with a single phone call or when you hear your child screaming in the other room.
Sometimes we will change by choice and other times life demands us to change.
In business, your desires for what you want will change because you tried something and realized it is not for you. Social media and search algorithms cause you to have to work a little differently and the things your audience likes will also change with time. You have to be ready to adapt.
When something seems off or like you are forcing your goals to happen. Stop and look at why you feel that way. If we are pushing so hard for something to happen it might not be in alignment with your goals.
You could be trying to do something that someone else expects of you or are their desires for you. If YOU don’t have the deepest desire for that goal then you will be fighting an uphill battle.
When you are struggling to reach that desire. Sit down with a piece of paper and just write out your thoughts. What are you feeling, where is your heart with your current work? Is it fulfilling? What is it that causes you to drag your feet about doing that task?
An example might be if you really do want to exercise and get healthier but you are dragging your feet about going to the gym. Maybe you need to change the environment.
Try going for a walk instead.
Don’t forget to find yourself a planner that works for your mindset like this simple planner to help you set goals each week.
Don’t hold so tightly to your plans that you are overworked and stressed to the point of not enjoying life. You will not be the same person you are now in six months.
Perspective and priorities change with time so do your best to move with the change and realize that its ok to what something different.