Our priorities are what shape our days. They give us clarity for the week ahead, the month ahead, and the years ahead. Priorities help us put things in perspective, so we know how to use our time, energy, and effort effectively.
When our priorities are in order, we do much better because everything else becomes easier when we tackle one priority at a time.
Clear Priorities Make Life Easier
Our lives are so busy and complex. It’s easy to feel like we’re just slogging away and not making any progress.
But the truth is, you can make big changes in your life by focusing on just a few things.
That’s what priorities are all about: deciding what’s most important to you and then focusing on those things above all else.
If you don’t have priorities, it’s like you’re running on autopilot. You’re just reacting to what comes next without knowing which direction you’re going.
But if you have a clear priority, you can decide which opportunities to accept and which to reject. And if an opportunity arises that doesn’t align with your priorities; you can make the right decision without feeling guilt or regret – because you know everything else is taken care of.
It Helps Us Save Time
When you prioritize your tasks, you can focus on the most important ones. You can plan and execute them in a way that makes it easier to achieve your big goals.
Clear priorities also help you save time. When you know what’s important in all areas of your life and work, you don’t have to guess how long certain tasks should take or whether one task is more urgent than another.
When we prioritize properly, we gain clarity about what needs to get done – so we can better decide how to best use our time, energy, and resources.
Prioritizing isn’t just about deciding what to do next; it’s also about deciding which things are least important right now so we can let them go or delegate them to someone else. In this way, we save time and energy because we don’t waste either on things that aren’t important at the moment.
By letting go of some tasks or delegating them to others, we free up energy and attention to focus on what’s really important at that moment.
It Reduces the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
When priorities aren’t clear, we often say yes to many things and feel overwhelmed.
The solution is to set clear priority management and make sure you stick to them. This can be difficult because it requires discipline, but from experience, I’d say it’s worth it.
Setting priorities is actually a straightforward process:
- Identify the important things in your life (work, family, friends…).
- Set your goals in each category 3) Rank them in order of importance.
- Prioritize your tasks according to their importance.
- Do the most important task first.
This Helps Us Make Better Decisions
It’s easy to get distracted by everything going on around us – our phones, social media, news, emails, etc.
When Too Many Priorities and Distractions Compete for Our Attention, We Become Overwhelmed and Stressed
Clear priorities help us be better at decision-making because they reduce our cognitive load by focusing our attention on one thing at a time. In other words: We can only focus on a certain number of things at a time. The more you have to think about at any given time, the harder it’s to think clearly and make good decisions.
A clear priority also helps you get better at your time management better because you know which tasks are most important and need to be done first.
It’s Easier to Control Our Emotions
There are times when we all feel overwhelmed by the demands of our time and our emotions. We feel like we have too much to do and too little time to complete it.
The Problem Is That It’s Hard to Think Clearly and Do the Right Thing When We’re Exhausted and Stressed
When you’re stressed, your brain releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol helps us deal with immediate threats by increasing our heart rate and blood pressure, giving us more energy to react quickly. It also suppresses our immune system, so we don’t waste energy fighting off minor infections. The problem with cortisol, however, is that it increases feelings of stress, which can lead to further cortisol release, harming your health and mental health.
We Feel More Confident in Setting Boundaries
When you know what’s important to you, it’s easier to say “no” to things that aren’t important to you. That’s because you know how to use your time and energy best, and when someone asks for something that doesn’t fall into that realm, it’s easy to turn down that request.
You don’t need excuses or justifications; if someone asks you why you won’t do something, the answer is clear: “Because I have other priorities.”
Your Priorities Are Also in Line With Your Values
When we know what’s most important in our lives-whether it’s our family relationships or our spiritual well-being-we can better identify where our goals and priorities should be (and make more informed decisions).
You Have a Clear Direction for Your Life Priorities
When we set a clear priority list, we know where we’re going and what we want out of life. This gives us a sense of purpose, which helps us keep our goals in mind.
Prioritization Gives You More Time to Achieve Your Short-Term Goals and Long-Term Goals and Make New Plans
When you have your priorities straight, you can spend more time achieving what you want to achieve. You can focus on the important thing that matters and make plans for the future.
For example, if you’re a project manager and know your company goals, you can make better decisions and prioritize important tasks and deadlines instead of struggling with competing priorities.
You know what needs to be done, so there’s no room for confusion or doubt regarding project management and decision making.
When Priorities Are Clear, People Can Work Around You Instead of You Working Around Them
It’s almost impossible to live a balanced life if you’re not clear about your priorities first. Without this clear view, we often get bogged down in unimportant things and lose sight of what’s really important in our lives: our families, health, and careers.
We Have More Space to Take Care of Ourself
Our health and mental health are key to everything we want to achieve.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to do anything else. It’s as simple as this. Being clear about your goals and priorities means you have a space to take care of yourself.
It’s Okay to Say No
It’s okay to set boundaries. It’s okay if someone doesn’t like it; you can’t please everyone all the time.
When I first started running my church and business, I had no idea how much work it would be because I hadn’t set clear goals and priorities.
I responded to urgent tasks rather than important ones and ended up sleep-deprived because I was trying to please everyone until I realized things needed to change.
Now I spend more time taking care of myself, simplifying and prioritizing, and I feel healthier and more efficient in my decisions.
We Surround Ourselves With People Who Are More in Line With Our Values
When you’ve clear priorities, you surround yourself with people who’re more aligned with your values because your goals align with yours, and therefore your daily priorities align with your goals and values.
When you have clear goals in life, you’ll naturally attract people into your life who share those priorities. This is because the way we see the world is closely related to the way other people see the world.
- When we align with our values and priorities, they become part of our identity, and we signal to others that we’re worth being around.
- When we’re not aligned with our values and priorities, they become hidden parts of us that only come out when something goes wrong in our lives or relationships.
When people have problems in their relationships, it’s often because they don’t know what their true values are. They may have vague ideas about what they want out of life, but these aren’t clearly defined to give another a clear picture of who they really are as a person or what kind of person would be a good fit for them as a partner or friend.
Sharpen your priorities and make sure they match your goals and personality.