I remember when I was little my parents always used to tell me that I need to prioritize. The only problem with that was that I never really cared to prioritize the things that they felt should be prioritized. So I kind of failed at prioritizing as a kid. Now, however, as a grown up, I’m willing to give it another try. And it’s so much better! The best advantage of it is that I’m the one who makes the choices according to my preferences and needs at that season of my life. Turning something into a priority makes it much easier for me to give it my undivided attention every single day.
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Yes, but how do we define our priorities? This might be tricky. The easiest way to define a priority is to think about the things you wish you had done at the end of the day. Is there something that you regularly regret not doing? If there is, then you probably need to turn that into a priority in order to follow through with it. It might be spending some devotional time, reading a book, calling a friend, exercising, learning a new skill, etc. Don’t focus only on the things you must do every day, but rather on the things you wish you had done in your day.
We sometimes forget how fast time goes. If we don’t make time for our priorities, no one else will. In Day 3 of the Make Over Your Mornings course we learn how to fill our “jar” efficiently by putting the “big rocks” first. If you aren’t familiar with the “jar of life”, watch this short video. The idea is that if we keep spending our energy on things that aren’t truly important to us, we might end up neglecting what we really care about and wish we had done instead.
The idea of today’s task is to identify our “big rocks” and to put them first in our day. That way we’ll get the incentive and motivation for a successful day ahead.
The best way to follow through with our priorities after defining them is to share them with someone. Let your family and friends know what’s important for you at that moment. That way you’ll feel accountable and they might even help you find time to accomplish it. You know what they say: “Sharing is caring!”
Have you thought about what your “big rocks” are at your current stage of life? How do you find time to accomplish them? Share with us in the comments below.