Wednesday, May 21, 2008

List Your Priorities

If you only had three months to live, what will you do? Where will you go? With whom will you spend your last days here on earth?

I suggest before you go with any further reading, list them down first and then come back.

What came out of your list?

I’m positive that those that made your list are the most important of all.

When something is extremely important to us, it is on our top of priorities, it’s the first thing that comes to our mind, it’s something we are over eager and excited to do and accomplish right away. If they are not that important to you, you put them to the bottom part of your list as they can be accomplished later when you have extra time or money. But what if you never had that extra time and money?

Examine your list. If you have to re-write them according to your priorities do it. Your list will give you away. It will tell you what you what you value the most that deserves your attention and has utmost importance in your life.

Creating a list will also help you set your priorities straight. This list can help you out on the things that are most important to you, so you can compare them and find out how you actually spend your time and money.

If you find yourself lost and constantly wishing to have more time for the things and people you love, then it’s probably time to shake up your priorities, you haven’t defined what is valuable to you, now is the time to do so.

Evaluate the way you handle conflicting demands in your work, relationship, family and home. Do you set the other one aside for the other?

Do you rail against something? Examine the reason behind your anger. This is more than often a sign that some needs aren’t being met. Pay attention to these resentments and re-establish balance in your life.

Stick to your earlier commitments and say no to additional obligation. Sure, it feels great to be wanted and in demand, but be wise, have you considered what it will cost you to take on yet another thing you don't have time and money for.

Prioritize your spending. Write down what you'd like to have, like a shopping list, and be brutally honest about how much having it will improve your quality of life. When I say brutal I mean really brutal. Assess what is the real cost for you to get it - bearing in mind upfront costs, maintenance and potential debt, if it will cost any. When you prioritize your spending on what you really need (like a reliable car), it makes it less painful to do without things you merely want (like another pair of shoes).

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  • bobbyboy said...

    What a great thought, thank you so much!

  • earthlingorgeous said...

    You are welcome Bobby :)

  • Anonymous said...

    Yeah, really important and great idea that we should practice in our life. I din't know about prioritiesing our choices by listing them down few years back and so had to struggle with some problems. But later, as I started this idea, I learnt so many things to make my life a happy and positive.

  • earthlingorgeous said...

    Yeah Jirel,

    I think listing down our priorities makes us not forget and see our progress and see if we are going towards our priority or away from it.

  • Don Dousharm said...

    It's funny that you make this post at this time. As a person being over 50 I started contemplating what I would like to do when I retire. I found the list to be so long that one couldn't possibly do all this in one lifetime. I started moving the list around and found that as long as I was content with my life now that the list didn't matter anymore.

    Don't get me wrong, lists are important but I think that if you are truly content with your life, you will find anything on the list becomes an extra feature in your life.

    Yes it is true that there are things that I would like to do but the really important things I am living at this moment.

    Thanks Earthlingorgeous, this is a very inspiring post.

  • earthlingorgeous said...

    Thanks Donald,

    I think list are important but don't just list anything you WANT for the mere wanting it but something you also need to do.... that's why set your priorites...which matters most ... the others on the bottom of the list can just be discarded but the first 5 on the list is the most important I believe...

    I think we should also think of doing something doable and is within our means not just something we know is near impossible or we don't have the resource or idea how to go about it.

    List are important as guideliness you don't have to do it step by step but at least you have something to look in to when you get lost or feel lost.

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