How To Prioritize Your Life: 12 Effective Methods

Are you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about how to prioritize your life?

You are not alone. Many people feel this way, especially in our fast-paced society. But there is hope.

How To Prioritize Your Life

1. Focus On Self Improvement 

The number one issue with people nowadays is they think when they are done with school that they are done learning and never strive to improve their life skills.

Instead, it would help if you always aimed to improve yourself in all functions of life, physical, mental, and educational.

There is always something to gain from learning something new.

2. Set Proper Goals

Having goals are an essential part of prioritizing your life. Because if you don’t have goals, how will you know and, more importantly, track what you are working towards?

So before you do anything else, the first thing to do is to set reasonable goals for yourself. 

These can be personal goals or goals that must be met as a team. Setting goals that challenge you to be the best person you can be. Remember to set realistic goals.

How to Set Goals You’ll ACTUALLY Stick To

3. Plan Toward Your Goals 

Now that you have your goal, you need to start finding ways to achieve those goals and planning milestones.

Having mini-goals inside your main goal is an excellent way to keep yourself motivated and to stay on the right path.

Milestones are like mini-goals that all lead up to the primary goal. So these milestones are more manageable goals to work towards, making your primary goal seem more achievable.

4. Staying Motivated To Work On Your Goals

Staying motivated can be extremely hard for some people, which is why milestones are essential because every time you hit a milestone, you see progress.

And a way to make milestones even more compelling is rewarding yourself when you hit a milestone.

However, it would be best if you refrained from being counterproductive with your rewards. For example, eating a whole cake after reaching a week-long exercise routine.

Instead, evaluate your reward and ask yourself if this hinders your progress toward your goal.

5. How To Have More Energy Throughout The Day

It may seem counterproductive, but regularly exercising does give you a boost of energy for the day.

This is because exercising improves your cardiovascular system, making your heart and lungs work more efficiently. Hence gives you more energy to do your daily tasks.

When the day is winding down, and you feel like you have no more energy to give, it’s time to start searching for methods to ease your workload.

Thus, there are situations when pushing oneself too hard might backfire and actually reduce productivity.

So, move the more straightforward activities to later in the day. Then, instead, focus on completing a single manageable activity at a time.

Because sleep is vital to your health and well-being, getting it wrong can have negative consequences.

For this reason, striking a balance between getting enough and too much shut-eye can be beneficial.

A Man Sleeping

6. Refocus On What’s Important In Your Life

Sometimes we get distracted from what is essential.

Take a moment to take a step back and to look at yourself and ask, are the things you are doing now important to you, and should you be doing them?

This is a fundamental question to ask yourself regularly to learn more about yourself and your goals.

7. Getting Rid Of Distractions

The biggest hindrance to progress while trying to reach your goals is distractions. Distractions can come in many forms, but the biggest distraction to most is their phone.

Therefore while working on your goals, put your phone somewhere where you can not see it and only objects essential to your current plan and progress.

Phone Lying In Another Room

8. Don’t Be A People Pleaser, And Learn To Say No

One of The problems with being a people pleaser is that the more you do for others, the less time you will have for yourself and the goals you want to accomplish.

Therefore learning to say no is an essential skill you need to know, and It might seem hard at first, but the more you start saying no to unimportant things, the more you will progress.

Of course, there are exceptions to when you need to say no and when not. But the primary time to say no is when people ask you for something that is not due at that moment and can wait.

This can be a text message, email, or any favor someone asks. The main thing is to focus on what’s important.

The Art of Saying No: Kenny Nguyen at TEDxLSU

9. How To Use Your 24 Hours To Its Fullest

An excellent way to improve productivity throughout the day is by planning what you need to get done beforehand. Therefore Every one-minute planning can save up to ten minutes of execution.

This is because proper planning prevents poor performance. 

So as soon as you wake up, the first thing to do is not check your emails or missed calls but focus on what you have to do today

 Then, while looking at your to-do list, Decide what the most important item on that list is and make a plan on how you are going to finish that task and do that task first.

Then progressively move through the to-do list until every task is ticked off. 

Planning for sleep and fun is also essential.

10. Stop Prioritizing Easy

Don’t think you will first knock off the easy tasks and instead focus on the essential ones.

Because if something suddenly comes up and only a couple of your tasks are finished, then you at least want the most important ones finished.

You must start prioritizing your life by looking at tasks individually and asking yourself if this task is important or urgent.

If both boxes are ticked, put all your energy into ensuring you finish those tasks first. On the other hand, if the importance box is the only one ticked, prioritize those next. 

If the task is urgent but not essential, then reevaluate why you need to do the task in the first place. For example, is this task important to you or someone else? It is okay to sometimes be selfish regarding your own time and energy.

11. Focus More On Your Self And Not On Others Needs 

Instead of wasting time and effort worrying about what other people are doing or what they have achieved, you should consider what you want out of life and how to achieve it.

And focus on what you have achieved thus far and be proud of it, whether small or large.

12. The Importance Of Taking Time For Yourself

What is the point of goals if it wastes half your life to reach them? This is a good question you should be asking yourself. Are your dreams worth the time you spend achieving them?

If yes, then perfect but knowing the importance of putting time aside to enjoy yourself and relax is very important.

Therefore while planning for your day, always have at least 20 minutes a day open.

There must be a rationale behind your actions, as with most things.

Woman Relaxing While Reading A Book And Drinking A Tea

Final Thoughts On Prioritizing Your Life

To achieve success, you must learn how to prioritize your life. 

By focusing on self-improvement, setting goals and planning towards these goals, staying motivated, getting rid of distractions, and using your time wisely, you can make the most out of each day. 

Stop allowing easy tasks to take precedence, and taking time for yourself is crucial in achieving a healthy work/life balance. 

Use these tips to prioritize your life and see an improvement in both your productivity and mood.

David Woutersen

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David is the founder of and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online, while for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.

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