Updated: Dec 16, 2019
Prioritising to reach your goals is easier said than done. Then how do we do it?
Remember as kids – our priorities were no more than playing with friends and craving a lot of candy, mostly. In our teens, we tried do well in school while trying hard not to rebel against the world. As adults, we try to understand who and what is truly important. And these are the choices that define how fulfilled we feel with our lives.
Between prioritising people, goals, work, a social and a personal life, it can get really hard to focus on yourself and what you want. Here are some ways you can start prioritising your goals without allowing yourself to get overwhelmed in the process.
1. Don’t aim to please everyone
Whether it’s at work, whether it’s in your family, or in social situations, accept the fact that you can’t please everyone, and you don’t have to spread yourself thin, trying. If you put yourself first and prioritise your goals, those who care will stick around and in fact, root for your success.
2. Keep fit – emotionally and physically
There’s a lot of focus on physical health and for good reason. Staying healthy keeps your mind fresh, active and in constant pursuit of self-improvement. But we often tend to overlook our mental and emotional health. Now, more than ever, there is a heavy emphasis on staying mentally fit. Because, if you’re not happy and at peace with yourself, nothing else matters. If you’re strong on both the physical and the emotional fronts, reaching a goal becomes a whole lot easier.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Sometimes trying to figure out what you want to do in life can be a heavy duty question and one that you can’t answer yourself. If you feel stuck, don’t be afraid or ashamed to turn to a friend or confidant. Often, an outside perspective on your life can help provide clarity to things. Not only that, you can always bank on this person to keep you focussed and account for your progress or setbacks.
4. Make the smaller sacrifices
In order to prioritise and set your goals, you have to give up the smaller things in life. Watch one less episode on Netflix, have one less drink on a night out, sleep an hour earlier than usual, don’t hit the snooze button in the morning; instead, wake up and get going. These are small prices to pay for a more fulfilling and goal-oriented present and future.
5. Good riddance to bad habits
Consuming too much alcohol, drinking too much coffee, eating too much, being constantly engaged on your phone, etc. are all unnecessary habits that are hampering your physical and mental growth. While we understand these are tough addictions to battle, they’re not impossible to overcome. Apart from being harmful to your body and mind (when taken beyond moderation), they are also catalysts in bringing about laziness, lethargy, and procrastination. Make it your first priority to tackle one of these issues at a time.
6. Understand that priorities keep changing
Your priorities are going to keep changing every other day, month or year. There will also be external factors dictating every aspect of your life. Understand this and learn to adapt with the changing time. Being able to roll with changing situations and still being fixated on the bigger goal will help you become more successful at multitasking and staying focussed.
7. Get rid of negativity energies
This might seem like a strange or illogical concept to many, but there are such things as positive and negative energies. This has nothing to do with the alignment of the stars or the supernatural. It simply means that there are people and things that can have a positive and reaffirming impact on you just as much as those that can have an adverse and hampering effect on you and your life. Learn to recognise such people, things and places and cut short your relationship with them, if you wish to succeed and accomplish your goals.
8. Start now
There is no better time than now. If you want to prioritise, plan and reach your goals, the time to start is today, in this moment and right now. There shouldn’t be any room for doubt or any cause to procrastinate. There will always be a million reasons to not do something. Accomplishing something despite that, that will be your challenge and one you should welcome with arms wide open. Everything else will follow suit.
Once you start prioritising your goals you'll truly feel the difference. Your efforts become better focused and the chances of you reaching those goals becomes higher!
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