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Setting Your Life Priorities

Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | May 23, 2013 | 6:52 pm



Every now and then, do the complexities and chaos in your life get the better of you? You know, those WHY ME moments! You might even struggle to figure out what’s next. Maybe you feel confused about which way to go. Have you ever thought about setting life priorities to make your life easier?


When you’re struggling to determine what’s important to you, it’s hard to make decisions. What needs to be done next? How should you spend your time? What will make the biggest impact? Even where you go for the evening can become a hard decision if you don’t have your priorities defined.


Feeling torn between two or more people, places and things is common if you haven’t yet identified your priorities. After all, when you consider everything and everyone in your life as all-equal in terms of their “level” of importance, it’s going to be tough to choose what to do next.


Setting your life priorities is a way of identifying what’s most important to you. Once you determine your priorities, you’ll be surprised at how some decisions make up their own mind. You also have the peace of mind knowing that you did the right thing. There are also different priorities for different times. Your family may be a priority for you, but while you are at work – work should be your priority. That way you are giving your best to everyone when needed.


Establishing priorities also gives you a clearer focus on how to allot your time. If you allot the bulk of your time to doing what’s most important with the most important people in your life, you’ll feel more fulfilled and satisfied with your life experiences. 


Common Life Priorities


What might your priorities be? The possibilities are endless. In the list below, you’ll find many common priorities in no particular order. Feel free to use the list as inspiration to help you figure out your own priorities.


  • Family
  • Finances
  • Friends
  • Extended family
  • Work
  • Hobbies
  • Personal appearance
  • Health and physical exercise/activities
  • Healthy and nutritious eating
  • “Alone-time” with partner
  • Spending time alone
  • Quality time with the children
  • Your spiritual journey
  • Education
  • Playing games on the internet
  • Connecting with friends
  • Watching television


Example of a “Prioritized” Listing of Life Priorities

The whole idea of setting priorities is to put the many elements of your life into an order, with those that are most important to you at the top. Knowing your highest priority on the list is necessary in order to make wise, focused decisions that are right for you.


Consider this next list, which is prioritized, as an example of someone’s life priorities (in order).


  1. Family
  2. Alone-time with partner
  3. Work
  4. Health and physical exercise
  5. Nutritious eating
  6. Friends
  7. Watching television
  8. Personal appearance
  9. Hobbies – movies and reading


Coming Up With Your Own Priorities


Setting your priorities in life may take some time. As you make your list, you may find many of the things you are doing aren’t even on your list. Taking the time to reflect on your day-to-day life and determine what’s on the top of your list will make your life so much easier. Once your priorities are clear to you, decisions on how to spend your time and with who will be a cinch.


Engaging in this exercise of figuring out your priorities might reveal some things that shock or surprise you.


For example, you might realize that you’re spending most of your time hanging out with friends even though you feel that your family is more important. Or you aren’t taking as much time with your most important relationships as you thought you were.


Regardless of what you discover, setting your priorities now will help you limit or even remove the less-important elements of your life and enable you to focus more fully on what means the most to you. If you have a significant other, it is a great exercise to make a separate list for each of you and then compare. If your priorities are different, a discussion on this topic could bring things back into line.


Life can flow easier and be much more rewarding by setting your life priorities. Knowing what’s important to you and devoting your time to those things at the top of your list will ensure you experience an enriched and fulfilled life. Set your life priorities today.

Article by: Ronda Devereaux

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