Maximize Your Life by Setting Clear Priorities

You’re in a race against the clock. You have so much to accomplish and, it seems, so little time to achieve it all. However, that’s not to say that you don’t have enough time. Rather, it means that you have no time to waste. Your life is precious, and you must maximize it.

To maximize your life, you must realize that you can’t afford to waste your time and energy on meaningless activities; you must invest your time in activities that yield a high return in your life. That’s why it’s crucial that, at all times, you know what your priorities are.

Setting priorities allows you to sifter through a pile of activities. Without clear priorities, these activities would place undue demands on your time and energy. They give you a way to evaluate requests that come your way. Your priorities ensure that your time and resources are invested in activities that matter most. When you set clear priorities, you can say, no, to anything that doesn’t align with those priorities.

For example, if your priority for this month is to complete your term papers so that you can finish your semester strong, then you have no reason to sacrifice your work time to squander it with your friends who want to play poker in the cafeteria. Playing cards doesn’t align with your current priorities. Therefore, you must pass; poker isn’t worthy of your time and energy.

Likewise, if spending quality time with your young children is one of your priorities, you may have to turn down a promotion that would require that you be away from your kids more than you can afford.

Clear priorities accelerate your decision-making process. Once you’ve established a priority, you know you must adjust your life so that your priority gets the time, energy, and attention it requires.

As your life is changing and you’re evolving, your priorities are called to change. When needed, adjust them. Periodically, take time to evaluate your priorities and, once you have clear priorities, see to it that your actions and decisions are supporting them.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.