We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.
S. Truett Cathy
Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.
Eisenhower, Pozen, SMART and … a writing pad. Use their knowledge and this simple thing to prioritize your life. Stop spending it in vain.
Everybody has their own goals and the main dream. Do you know how much time do you spend on the Internet and other non-significant things every day? You’d better to reorganize your schedule in order to succeed realizing your purposes.
How to prioritize my life
What are the factors that influence my life priorities?
Young people are likely to have their life priorities in the following order: study, career, friends, family, hobbies, health
Old people would have a different order: health, family, pastime, friends.
Some life spheres can lose their significance and drop out of sign.
For example, the delivery of a baby or the problems in any life sphere, they will put it in the priority, at least, for some time.
How to understand what is important in my life?
There are 4 very interesting and useful systems which can help you.
1. Keep a diary.
You will just need a writing pad, a pen and several free minutes every evening.
So, take time and recollect the whole day, the main events that took place.
Define the most important event, it should not necessarily be something global and great, it must be crucial for you. It can be both positive or negative. Then write it down together with the life sphere it belongs.
At the end of the week choose the most significant event of the week, at the end of the month – choose the main event of all past weeks.
Already in a month, you will see a clear picture of the things that are important to you. The longer you keep this diary, the better you understand your life values which are not influenced by your relatives, friends or mass media. It will be much easier for you to set the priorities and purposes.
2. The second effective system for prioritizing life values.
It is called SMART and really it is. Everything you need is to keep to 5 aspects.
S – specific
Making plans, you should clearly see how the final result will be like. For example, you want to lose weight: a bad purpose – I want to lose weight, a good purpose – I want to lose 5 kg this month
M – measurability
You should set the criteria to judge whether you fulfilled your plan or not.
A – attainability
Ask yourself a question: Is it real for me to achieve it?
For example, you want to buy a new apartment and need to save money. If your purpose to do this in one month, it is hardly achieved, if you are not a millionaire (but if you were, you would not have this purpose, you would just buy it). It is important at this stage to define the ways how you can do this or the things that can help you. For example, concerning our purpose to save money, a possible variant may be – to cook at home and eat out less, reduce the number of expensive purchases.
R – relevance
Ask yourself whether you really want to achieve this result. Maybe all your efforts will be in vain. You also need to check how this purpose agrees with another plans. They should not contradict each other.
T – time
The difference between a simple desire and a certain purpose is that the latter has its time-bound. You need to write it down as well.
3. Another fantastic method to prioritize your life is the method of Eisenhower.
According to this system all your plans you should divide into several groups:
urgent and significant
non-urgent, but significant
urgent, but non-significant
non-urgent and non-significant
The sociological researches showed that for an office worker urgent and significant things take 60 % of time. 20 % of time he or she spends on urgent, but non-significant things (for example, checking the mail messages). 10 % of his or her time, an office worker devotes to non-urgent and non-significant things (like surfing the Internet, having a snack). So, he or she has little time on significant, but non-urgent things. That is why, we always have some emergencies.
Try to divide your plans into these 4 groups and watch how many percents of your time you spend on each group. Then find out whether you succeed in fulfilling your goals or nor, if your answer is “no”, reorganize your time.
How can you overcome the lack of organization and understand what is important for you?
4. Another modern system belongs to Robert Pozen. It consists of 6 main steps:
Write down your goals
Distribute them into 3 different groups: short-term (up to 3 months), middle-term (about 2 years) and long-term (5-10 years). The goals of all 3 groups should be in harmony with each other. For example, you want to become the head of a foreign company. So your middle-term purpose may be – learning a foreign language, a short-term purpose is to make new contacts, visit business exhibitions.
Prioritize your life values
Put the purposes in each group in the priority order. How to find out what is the most significant? Ask yourself questions: What do I like to do? What can I do better than others? What benefit can I bring?
Of course, the most important goals are those who answer all these questions.
Prioritize your tasks
Usually, the tasks can be divided into two groups: those that open new opportunities and those that are set for you by other people.
Estimate your time management.
You should know how you spend your time. Maybe a big part of it you drink tea or talk to co-workers.
Liquidate the discrepancy between the priorities and time management.
Try to spend more time on those purposes that will lead to your main dream.
You will, surely, be surprised how you organize your time. We, often, do not pay much attention to it. Sometimes, non-significant small things take much more our time than we expect. We hope these widely known methods will be useful for you.