How To Set Priorities

How To Set Priorities

Dr. Edward Banfield said, “Men and women who were the most successful in life and the most likely to move up economically were those who took the future into consideration with every decision they made in the present. The longer the period of time a person took into consideration while planning and acting, the more likely it was that he/she would achieve greatly during his/her life.”

The essential key to success in setting priorities is having a long time perspective. You can tell how important something is today by measuring its potential future impact on your life. If you take additional courses in the evening to upgrade your skills and make yourself more valuable to your employer, you are acting with long time perspective. Learning something practical and useful can have a long-term effect on your career.

The key word, then, to keep in mind when you are setting priorities is sacrifice. Setting priorities usually require sacrificing present enjoyment for future enjoyment. It begins with you deciding what you want most in life and then organizing your time and activities so that everything you do is the most valuable use of your time in achieving those objectives.

How to Set Priorities

There are six steps you can use to set your priorities and keep you working at your best:

  • Step 1. Take the time to be clear about your goals and objectives so that the priorities you set are moving you in the direction of something that is of value to you.
  • Step 2. Develop a long term perspective and work on those things in the present that can have the greatest positive impact on your future.
  • Step 3. Make the commitment to improve those aspects of your life that are most important to you.
  • Step 4. Be sure to take the time to do your work right the first time. The fewer the mistakes you make, the less time you will waste going back and doing it over.
  • Step 5. Remember that what counts is not the amount of time that you put in overall; rather, it is the amount of time that you spend working on high-priority tasks. You will always be paid for the results that you obtain, not merely the hours you spend on the job.
  • Step 6. Understand that the most important factor in setting priorities is your ability to make wise decisions.

Resolve now to set clear priorities in every area of your life, and always choose the activities that will assure you the greatest health, happiness and prosperity in life.

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