The Priority of Prioritizing Your Values

by Lee Buford on April 14, 2010

I must confess:  I am not an expert in the discipline of prioritizing for success.

In fact I am often reminded by my own actions and outcomes that I need to do a better job of prioritizing most aspects of my daily existence.

Establishing priorities in our lives provides many benefits, several of which are obvious to most of us:

  • We accomplish more (at least we get more done).
  • We are better prepared to deal with life’s curveballs and surprises.
  • We operate and react in less stressful ways, no matter how stressful the situation.
  • We are better prepared and equipped to serve others and impact the lives of those around us.
  • We have fewer regrets due to the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” misses in life.

Obvious benefits, I think you’d agree. So why don’t we do a better job of prioritizing? Why don’t we see a better-planned, more efficient use of our time and efforts as a PRIORITY?

Simply put…because it’s not a priority to do so!

I have heard it said that you can easily identify your priorities by examining your checkbook and your calendar, and these tests do indeed provide a solid look at what we truly value in life. For the most part, we do what we want to do, and we spend our money on what we want to buy. With few exceptions, if we take an honest look, we are more driven by our wants and desires than our priorities.

In addition, we often migrate to the dreaded status quo, the path of least resistance…to the place where less effort is more appealing than better results. “Why do today what you can put off ’til tomorrow”, right?

There comes a time, however, when we must make priority our priority. We must step back, bite the bullet, and invest the time required to meaningfully decide what our core values are and how our lives should be organized and structured to best reflect our values…not necessarily our emotions, desires, or wants.

Take a look…this may be just that time for you.

What are your core values? How you can you structure the various areas of your life to reflect and align with these values?

What are your true priorities in life?

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