6 Easy Tips to Organize Your Priorities

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Do you ever have those days where you wish you had more time…more time to read, play with your kids, spend time with your spouse, meet up with friends, pursue your career, organize your house, or just get more done?  Does your life feel like a rat race, and you’re losing sight of what your purpose is?

 

Well you’re not alone.  There are so many things we can fill our time with.  Our job is to set our priorities, and let the rest go.  Set your priorities, let the rest go, and simplify your life.

 

This time-saving Tuesday we are going to see how setting priorities can save you time and your sanity!!

 

Make sure you make your priorities the top of your to-do list, and you can be sure you’ll never to lose sight of what’s important.  Do you struggle making time for reading the Bible?  Schedule it in.  Do you find it hard to make time with your spouse?  Date nights don’t just happen, plan them.  Sounds crazy?  Well, just give it a try.  You’ll see how this will simplify the most important things in your life.

 

Here are a few tips to help you along.

 

1. Make a list of your top 10 priorities

This can be people, things, times, places – whatever is a priority to you just list it.  If you don’t have priorities it’s most likely that someone else has decided that for you…your kids, your work, etc.   Make sure this list is what is important to you, as an individual, not your family.

 

Haggai 1:7 says, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.”  Think eternally, not temporally of the things that are important to you.  Those things that you want to focus on and have first in your life are your priorities.  Think of what will be important later in life, not just right at this moment.

 

 

2.  Reflect on your list

Read over your list and see what you are doing to make those priorities happen.  Is it spending time in the Word and prayer?  Make sure you read and pray daily.  Is it spend time with your kids?  Make sure you schedule family fun time.  Is it expanding your career?  Make sure you add time to your schedule to make it happen.

 

 

3.  Schedule, schedule, schedule

I know it sounds boring and over the top, but schedule time in for your top 3-5 priorities each day.  Make them happen.  If you schedule times for those important parts, it takes the guess work out, and they will automatically happen.  You won’t have to feel pressured to get it all done because it’s already planned, and you can let the rest go.  If you find more time later in the week (or even later in life!) go back to the other items on the list.

 

 

4.  Learn to say no!

If there are things that come up that don’t line up with your priorities, or take place of your priorities…just say, “NO!”  Is a friend asking you to watch her kids when you already planned a family fun time with yours?  Politely tell her you already have plans, and leave the guilt at the door.  Is someone asking you to run an errand for you when you’re already super booked?  Remember your priorities, and don’t overbook yourself.  Practice saying no, and be prepared so you’re not caught off guard.  Sounds crazy, but no one likes that feeling of obligating yourself to something that you don’t have the heart to do.  It’s not doing them or yourself any favors, nor is it pleasing to anyone when you have a poor attitude in doing an act of service.  You don’t have to be “all” for everyone.

 

 

5.  Check your pocketbook

It is often said that you can tell a person’s priorities by looking at their checkbook.  Give your checkbook a peek to see if there is anything out of line with your priorities, and make the necessary changes.

 

I heard the saying, “Having the wrong priorities in our life is like buttoning our coat incorrectly.  If we get that first button wrong, all the others line up according to that misplaced first one.  In the same way, when we get the first button right, all the others will line up where they are designed to be.”  It is so true!!  Make sure you are keeping your priorities in order!

 

Matthew 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

 

 

6.  Make your priorities a priority

It sounds cliché, but every morning review your priority list, make your schedule according to those priorities, and let the rest go.  You’ll feel more at peace, save yourself tons of time, and you won’t have any regrets when you look back.

 

 

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  1. Good advice. I love the analogy of getting the first button wrong when buttoning a coat. So true!
    Thanks

  2. This was a great post and I appreciate your sharing it. You had a lot of great points and it was set out in an easy manner to read and grasp.

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