Everything you do from now on should contribute in some way to one of your goals or objectives. If it doesn’t, then why are you doing it? Every time you have to make a choice, ask yourself “will it help me reach my goal in this area of life”. At work the goals swill be more specific and you should get into a habit of asking yourself “will doing this help me achieve this objective”. By doing this, you will be prioritizing the things that contribute most to your goals. So you are already starting to utilize your time more effectively.
Steps in setting personal priorities:
Make a list of objectives based on your goals. These objectives need to be realistic and achievable. You may never achieve some of your goals entirely but most of the objectives in your key areas can be achieved. Unless you make them realistic you will be constantly frustrated by not achieving them and will probably give up trying. So your objectives need to to be:
- Attainable – A realistic objective
- Specific – So you know exactly what you need to do
- Measurable – So you know when you have achieved them
- Worthwhile – They contribute to goals and objectives you deem important
- Positive – So that you feel good when you have achieved them
- Firm but flexible – to allow for growth, and development of your goal
Once you have decided what your ambitions are and what you need to do to achieve them, you will now need to prioritize them. This is important because you want to make sure that, when you decide to do something, it contributes to one of your goals or objectives and that the most important of these are met. Some of these priorities will therefore be more important than others, so number your list in order of importance.
The final step is to put your goals into a time frame. Think of your goals in shorter, more measurable time spans. What do you want to achieve by the end of this year? By the end of the month? Prioritize them withing these time frames.
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