What is most important?Is it family? Religion? Your Marriage? What about that dream you've been pushing back, or your career? How about your health, your education, or your friends?Make a list of everything important to you in whatever order it comes. For some, this may be a short list. For others, it could go on for pages. Any way is great, but most importantly, be honest with yourself. No one has to ever see this list but you, and it's you alone who can discover what's most important, and then live in a manner you can be proud of.Next, take your list and...
Prioritize.Stephen Richards Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, gives a metaphor known as the Stones in a Jar:
- The Rocks: The five or six most important things that you can't think of your living your life without, in order of their importance.
- The Gravel: Those things you find important, but aren't absolutely essential.
- The Sand: Nice-to-haves, but you could go without them if it came down to a choice between them and the rocks or gravel.
Seek out ways to protect the people and things you value.If realizing a dream or accomplishing a certain goal is more important to you than recreation, then guard and protect the time you spend working towards it.
Keep your list somewhere you can see it, and don't be afraid to reevaluate your priorities. They can change, and the daily shuffle and tyranny of the urgent, they can get lost or buried. By recognizing and prioritizing who and what is most important to you, you'll remember their value and protect them.