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Prioritizing Priorities

In today’s incredibly fast paced world where multi-tasking is the norm and not the exception prioritizing priorities is an added layer to our weekly or daily planning.

With all the devices we put to use today, the smart phones, the pads and tablets, laptops, et al, it’s pretty much amazing how much we can get accomplished.  And with all the possibilities for our increased reach to benefit our lives, prioritizing priorities becomes a natural requirement for personal time management.

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A subliminal message that constantly haunts us

At any given time we can perform our job and career functions, we can access social media (and if we’re into internet marketing we can perform linking and basic advertising of a sort), we can perform market analyses, interact socially with family and friends and we can accomplish a multiplicity of other functions, duties and who knows, even throw in some fun stuff.

Now, this article isn’t going to be a commentary on whether it’s healthy or not to do so, there’s plenty of articles, data and opinions on that.  The focus of this article is on, well just how it’s titled – prioritizing priorities.

Humans have certain basic needs that can’t be delayed too often or for too long or we get out of sync with our basic selves.  Some of the things that we naturally must attend to and pay attention to are:

  • Personal family and social life
  • Ensuring that food, shelter and clothing needs are met.
  • Health and recreation
  • Spiritual interaction

Almost everything we do in some form or another can fall into one of those categories.  And each of those categories are important to our overall sense of worth, purpose and well being.  That’s where prioritizing priorities comes into play, it becomes very important whether we realize it or not.

With each of those categories comes a barrage of “important and necessary” duties.  At least we feel they must all be accomplished, and that’s where we can start to lose focus of who our basic self is.

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More, more, more – faster, faster, faster…

We’re all susceptible to trying to do everything that we feel is expected of us and so many of our days become an endless wrestling match of trying to do it all.  We’ve all had the days that were just wildly busy and at the end of the day or a series of days, we look back and try to figure out exactly what it is we’ve accomplished.  We know we haven’t wasted our time (or at least we think we haven’t) but we’re unsure exactly how our hurried activities have actually benefited those category needs.

If we have too many days like that eventually something is going to give.  It can be either our attitude, our physical wellness or an emotional/mental overload, but something will give if we don’t learn the skill of prioritizing priorities.

We can usually sort our activities and duties into a general list of prioritized actions.

  • There are those things that absolutely without a doubt have to be done.
  • There are those things that we want to get to but that aren’t absolutely necessary at that exact point in time.
  • There are those things that we would like to get to but are fairly flexible as to when they need to be dealt with.
  • Then there are those things that are totally optional, that which we would like to do but can be planned to be done much later.

There are no easy answers as to how we should prioritize our priorities.  The influx of so many ways we can be connected stealthily sends to us in a subliminal manner that we can and should do it all.

But we don’t need to do it all.  And if we are always trying to do everything, be everywhere and satisfy everyone, as I said earlier, something will give.  This is where we have to learn that if we aren’t good to ourselves, nice to ourselves we will pay.  And a resulting ineffectiveness will come and will eventually pass on to those we feel we have a duty to so it makes perfect sense to take some down time and make a rational list of what needs to be done and what can sensibly be done without interrupting our emotional and physical health.

Proritizing priorities can lessen the number of times we stop and ask ourselves, “What if I was wrong with it all?”

Periodically we need to take some down time, turn off everything and have a talk with ourselves and make sure that while everyone else may be running as fast as they can, that we don’t lose our basic sense of autonomous personhood in this incredibly fact paced, multitasking world.

Setting aside some “me time” to calmly list out the coming week’s needs are important and may need to even be done on a daily ,  It’s just an adult was to take care of ourselves so we don’t have to continually try to get reacquainted with ourselves, family and friends.

Prioritizing priorities is a basic skill that is necessary for proper personal development and to maintain a sense of balance and peace.

Author:  Tony Hensley

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