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April 2, 2017

Priorities Matter

Most of us have set goals and created plans to achieve them; however, one important, yet often overlooked, step for success is taking time daily to prioritize your goals and action steps. This ability to prioritize is a key factor for hitting your goals and handling competing demands on your time and energy. Here are some ways to make priorities work for you.shutterstock_74877166

  • Establish priorities for every part of your life—work, career, home, family, friends, fun, spirituality, finances, health, fitness, and so on.
  • Decide how important each area is, using a scale of 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).
  • Focus your priorities and decisions on the areas that rank highest in importance. For example, if one of your top priorities is family, you may be less willing to take a job that requires lots of overnight travel unless that job helps you provide greater financial security for your family. In this case, the sacrifice you make by being on the road might be worth it.
  • Take your top priorities and create vivid pictures of what success looks like. Some people build vision boards to help with this. For example, if your home goal is buying a large house on a lake, find photos that look like the house you want. This type of visual representation helps you maintain focus on what achievement looks like.
  • Every day take at least one step in support of your high-ranking priorities. This will help you feel more balanced and give you greater satisfaction when you make progress.

Setting priorities needs to be a family matter so that everyone works toward the same end. Involving the entire family also makes it easier to explain decisions that affect everyone.

See my blog posts How to Successfully Manage Priorities and Schedule Time for Your Priorities.

 

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