Learn To Set Your Priorities

The days go by one after the other, but have you paid attention today to that which is valuable to you, or has your focus been shifted to things that only waste your time and do not bring anything in return?

In order not to waste your time on unimportant things and in order to learn to value your time and work, it is necessary to know how to prioritize. This will help you avoid emotional burnout, which can be caused by overload both at home and at work.

If we do not learn how to prioritize, we tend to push difficult and important matters in the background. Because of this, we spend too much time on something insignificant and subsequently experience remorse and dissatisfaction with life.

To fix this, analyze what you most spend your time on. This should be done for a certain period of time, such as a month. Which areas of life do you pay more attention to, and which ones are lacking your attention?

Based on the result, think about whether you are comfortable with that state of affairs, and answer the following questions:

  • What is most important for you at this stage of life?
  • What would you like to pay more attention to?
  • What is worth spending less time on?
  • What areas of life require your attention?


The ABCDE method will help to understand the answers and direct your energy where it is most needed.

To get started, write down all the things that you need to complete in a month / 2 weeks / etc. time interval. This step will already give you the opportunity to feel better, because you will clearly see your goals. Then put all tasks into “importance categories”:

A. The most important tasks category, a lot in your life depends on their implementation. All tasks in this category are also ranked in order of importance. All your attention should be directed only to them.

B. Also important, but have less serious consequences. They should be dealt with immediately after completing the tasks in the A-category. But do not engage in procrastination and do not put off any of the cases for later.

C. Tasks which fall into this category have no serious consequences, whether you fulfill them or not, so feel free to push them to the background. Example is informal talk to a friend on the phone.

D. You may entrust the execution of these matters to another person. Thanks to this, you can devote more time to important matters (A, B).

E. These matters are not important to accomplish because they are not tasks. These include some everyday activities: the use of the Internet, checking social networks, unimportant conversations. “Cases” in this category are best replaced by C cases. For example, instead of chatting with a friend, it’s better to call them on the phone and talk to them.

To spend every day usefully, make these to-do lists:

  1. Write down some general things such as: watching documentaries from your field of activity, such as: studying music styles, etc.
  2. There will be things to do daily: play sports, walk, read, etc.

    Find a balance and devote an equal amount of time to these matters, then you will live a full life and fulfill all assigned tasks.

Written By Tyara Wolf

Psychology and Personal Development

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