8 Simple Steps to Setting Your Priorities in Life

8 Simple Steps to Setting Your Priorities in Life

This is a guest article by Mark Foo

Setting priorities is very important to having an efficient life, but it doesn’t always have to be difficult. When you take the time to set your priorities, you’re more likely to reach your goals and reach them faster. Who wouldn’t want that?

You can learn how to set priorities by following the steps below. While you might not want to follow all of them exactly as they’re stated here, you should come away with a better idea on how you should personally start to set your priorities.

Try these simple steps:

1. Determine Your Goals. The first thing to consider when you’re learning how to set priorities is to determine what your goals and priorities are. You might have big ones and small ones, and you may have one goal or many goals. You just need to figure out what they are and write them down if that helps you. It’s the first step just because you can’t set your priorities without knowing what you want to achieve in the first place.

2. Get Clear. Once you’ve decided on your goals and priorities, work on their clarity. State them as simply as you can. While you don’t want to leave out details, you also don’t want to be too wordy and confuse yourself in the future.

3. Learn How to Balance. Chances are that you’ve got many different goals and priorities. Learning how to balance them all is just a part of life. If you pay too much attention to one priority, your others may begin to suffer. Strive to be aware of your priorities at all times. At the end of the day or week it’ll help to evaluate how things are going for you. If something is lacking, you can tweak your schedule to make a change.

4. Get Organized. Organization is also key when you’re learning how to set priorities. There are different organizational styles that you can adopt. It doesn’t really matter what you choose as long as you’re not just leaving things up to chance. With organizational skills comes efficiency. You can eventually learn how to do more with less time, which will allow you to get to more of your priorities.

5. Realize that You Can’t Do Everything. After you get organized with your priority lists, you might be tempted to have your attention on too many things at once. You need to realize that there are only 24 hours in a day. There are things you wanted to accomplish that you won’t be able to just yet. Schedule it for another day and don’t sweat it.

6. Keep Your Focus. Strive to remain focused on your priorities. Everyone’s mind begins to stray every now and then, which is okay sometimes. But you don’t want to allow procrastination to creep up on you. Keep your eyes on your priorities.

7. Keep Your Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is very important to setting priorities. If you’re not jazzed up about your goals, you may end up losing interest. Achieving priorities and goals is very difficult without a decent dose of enthusiasm. You can keep it up by remembering what’s really important to you. If you’re working towards a specific goal, keep in mind how great you’ll feel once you achieve success.

8. Reward Yourself. It’s important to reward yourself for setting priorities and following through. If you’ve made an achievement towards a priority or goal, don’t just cross it off your list and move on to the next thing. Take some time out to reward yourself for a job well done. You deserve it!

Author’s Bio:

Ever wondered how great successful people achieved great success? You can find the answer in The 77 Traits of Highly Successful People. Mark Foo has brought together 48 personal development bloggers and writers to co-author the success eBook that spells out all of the success secrets of the very successful people. This eBook is available to you FREE and you can grab your free copy now at http://www.77SuccessTraits.com.

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  • http://www.wayneliew.com Wayne Liew

    Nice and timely tips. For 2010, I take a step back and really look at my priorities in life as well as business. This has helped me a lot in determining the goals that I would like to achieve in 2010 without having to see most of them end up in next year’s list of goals.

  • http://www.freestylemind.com/ Oscar – freestyle mind

    I have a list of goals for this year and I’m using the techniques described here to set up smaller goals for the upcoming months. Great tips!

  • http://www.unlimitedchoice.org/blog Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice

    I like the part about rewarding yourself. I’m doing just that next month and going to race a sports car round a track….can’t wait. Great post.

  • http://www.greatestreviews.net/ fas

    I like the reward bit, specially since it is for myself 🙂

  • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo – 77 Success Traits

    @Wayne: I do take a take a step back sometimes to take a better look at my priorities. It’s easier when you do that.

    @Oscar: I’m glad you find the tips here useful! All the best!

    @Amit: Wow… That sounds really exciting. I hope you have a great time then. 🙂

    @Fas: Oh yes, that’s to motivate yourself. Sometimes we’re so focused on working toward our goals that we forget to reward ourselves.



  • http://www.timelessinformation.com Armen Shirvanian

    Hi Mark.

    #5 there can be a tough one to handle for someone who wants to “do it all”, at least in their mind. It’s good to first accept reality, and then do things that press upon the limits of reality. That is better than expecting that we can do it all in an unrealistic fashion, and then being disappointed when it doesn’t work out as envisioned due to time constraints.

    Keeping focus is something I am glad to do, and I am getting better at it as I work on it. The more focused we are, the less we can get derailed from any mission we may have.

  • http://enlightr.com/cloud Craig

    Rewarding yourself is very powerful in my opinion. I used to fly through goals, crossing off and not feeling any sense of accomplishment even though it took the best part of the day and a lot of effort. I now have a list of things I want to buy which I reward myself with when I’ve completed certain goals. 🙂

  • http://G2solutionslive.com Gary Gamp

    Great tips really liked them but Dont forget none of them work until we take Action !

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  • http://improveminduniversity.blogspot.com Jonathan Figaro

    Your right without clear goals, you will just wander to life coming stimuli. Use your dreams and desired to propel you into right action. Be clear and concise. You’ll save, time money and wasted effort and energy!

  • http://www.77successtraits.com Mark Foo | 77 Success Traits

    @Armen: I’ve suffered from the do-it-all-myself symptom many, many times. I’ve since learned my lesson and started outsourcing and that’s helped me make more money as a real estate agent.

    @Craig: Everybody deserves a reward for a job well-done. I found a lot of people don’t realize how motivating this can be. And some rewards can be free like giving yourself permission to relax and simply do nothing for a day. Not only is it a reward, it can also be a good way to rejuvenate yourself.

    @Gary: You’re absolutely right. Nothing beats action.

    @Jonathan: Yup, clear and concise goals are essential to help you achieve what you want in life. But it’s sad that many people don’t set goals or set very vague goals. I certainly hope readers of AlexShalman.com will make a commitment to determine their own goals in life.



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  • http://improveminduniversity.blogspot.com Jonathan Figaro

    Mark, what are some of your life goals if you don’t mind me asking?

  • http://www.time-management-success.com Tim Wilson

    The best tip I ever learnt for sticking to my prioirites was to write them down and put them somewhere constantly visible.

    That way, I’m always reminded what really matters when I go off course.

  • http://www.mastery-journey.com outstanding

    Priorities are a personal matter meaning that no two people’s priorities will be the same. You might want to be promoted at work whereas a coworker might be interested in running a marathon. Another coworker might be saving to start a home-based business so that they can better raise their family. The bottom line is this: Individual priorities will be as varied as the individual. Don’t try to compare yours to others, it just won’t add up.
    In setting priorities in your life, you first have to know your own values. This may be very clear to you or require some thought. A helpful exercise is trying to picture what you want your life to be like in five years. The things that are a priority to you in your mind do translate into your life when you focus on them.

    this is realy great article i love it thanks for sharing this keep it up