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How to choose priorities that spark joy

By July 12, 2019 October 21st, 2019 No Comments
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The true art is to choose priorities that spark joy in your life and allow you to be happy in the moment.

Have you ever felt insanely guilty when you’re catching up on work at home and your child comes up right beside you to ask a question… in a flash you utter the most heartbreaking words in the universe: “Not now, Mummy’s busy”.

You’re not alone lady, as modern mama’s this is a reality we all face, we’re constantly juggling a multitude of shifting priorities… some seem larger than others at times. 

When you think about the life you want to live, what comes to mind? Do you want to spend more time with your family? Write a book? Travel the world? Or heck, maybe you even want to create your own app? No, don’t do that – crazy idea!!

We all have priorities in life, because that’s what happens when you’ve got responsibilities such as children or a career and you want to make a mark in this world. There’s always something on the ‘to-do’ list. Sound familiar?

Sometimes we try to take on the world and do it all, and that leads to an endless list of so-called priorities that may (or may not really) be as important as we think they are.

As life seems to move at a lightning pace we can easily lose sight of your original destination. As a result, priorities tend to shift or even worse, important goals are thrown on the backburner.

If you’re feeling run-down and about to gnaw your nails off in angst, maybe it’s time to take a stocktake on the priorities in your life. 

To re-prioritize your life you’re going to have to do some deep soul searching and ponder what’s really important to you!

So grab a cuppa and get ready to change your life lady! Or at the very least, let’s take the first step towards your new purpose-driven, joyful life…

// Step 1: KonMari your priorities

To live a life with a new set of laser-focused priorities, we must make space… so as they say “out with the old, in with the new”. 

Let’s KonMari your brain. Write down a list of the TOP priorities in your life right now. Is it saving for a family holiday? Trying to maintain a social life? (Trying being the operative word!) Or even levelling up in your career?

Now that you’ve written down your current priorities, think long and hard about which of these priorities are no longer adding to your life, serving your purpose, or do they feel like a drag to do? Maybe you’re outgrowing your best friend, your work no longer fulfills purpose, or even your relationship is failing on more fronts than you’d like to admit.

Once you’ve worked out the irrelevant priorities in your life, literally put a line through them so you’re physically eradicating the unnecessary and taking back control of what’s important to you in your new life!

// Step 2: Determine what’s important to you!

To re-prioritise your life you need to re-think what your NEW priorities are going to be. 

What do you want? What are you lacking? How is it going to make you happy? What is your dream?

Perhaps it might be a bigger house for the family, or a new job that allows flexibility and more family time, or maybe you want to make time to reconnect with your partner.

Once you’ve figured out what’s important to you, write them down as goals and make sure they’re SMART goals. 

Congrats! You’ve now laid the foundations of your new prioritised life! Highfive! 

// Step 3: Create an action plan!

Hooray! You’re on your way to a new lease on life. It’s time to put thoughts into action. Now that you’ve translated your new priorities into goals it’s time to think about how can you achieve them. What actions do you need to take to achieve this? 

Tip: break down your goals into a list of smaller set of tasks, this way you’ll be able to achieve your goal in bite sized chunks. By completing smaller tasks, you’ll gain confidence and you won’t be afraid to achieve a major goal because you’re actively chipping away at it.

// Step 4: Designate time slots for tasks

Humans are vulnerable creatures. We tend to fail at reaching our goals out of laziness, fear, or complacency. You know the perfect way to combat this? Hell to the yeah mama! You guessed it… get your Life Sorted! 

See Life Sorted is the PERFECT accountability buddy! You’ll soon realise all it takes is setting some time aside for a specific task or priority to becoming happier and fulfilled. So make time for things that truly matter to you so you don’t waste your precious time. 

With Life Sorted you can easily assign times for accomplishing small tasks or new priorities that bring you joy. Maybe health is a priority and you want to schedule in some exercise to get those endorphins pumping! Or, do you want to work on that side-hustle? Schedule in a weekly repeating event for an hour and shazam, you’ll now be reminded once a week to get the blood pumping or run to your office to plan that unicorn of a business idea!

// Step 5: Perform a post-mortem on yourself regularly!

After you’ve figured out your priorities and shifted energy towards them you’re going to need to check in with yourself regularly to make sure you’re pushing through and conquering them. What’s working? What’s not working? And what should I keep doing? Do this every so often so you do not lose sight of your priority/goal. 

A great way to keep yourself on track is to create a reminder every three months in your Life Sorted app to check in with yourself. This is a great way to ensure you’re never gonna go back to your old ways of attending to useless priorities!

So that’s it peeps! I know it may seem hard to re-prioritise your life, but just make it simple. The simpler life is the more enjoyable it becomes – remember complexity breeds chaos. 

Here’s to a new life full of sparkly new priorities that bring you joy!

Santé! 

xJo

 

Jo Burgess

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