Prioritize Things that Are Really Important

August 18, 2016

Every day is a new opportunity to grow, to learn, to feel better about ourselves, to prioritize the things that will help us realize what’s really important in life.

In reality, not every day is the same. Some of them will be very productive; you’ll feel really active and energetic. But you’ll also have other days where, when the night comes, you’ll feel frustrated because you weren’t able to do everything you had in mind or because you felt stuck, like you didn’t know how to move forward without stumbling.

“As always: the urgent things don’t leave time for the most important things.”

-Mafalda (by Quino)-

This happens because the task of establishing priorities was done poorly. When you prioritize the things that will really make you grow, the feeling of being on the right track will come on its own. To know which things you should prioritize, you should look inside yourself and discover what’s really important to you.

Even if they’re not huge goals, we all need to prioritize the things that are really important to us if we want to advance, to be productive in our professional and personal lives, and to always be ourselves.

woman looking out the window

Focus on the things you like to do

It’s a bad idea only prioritize work, or things that don’t really satisfy you, because in the long run, your physical and emotional health can be seriously damaged. You should always find time for yourself, for the activities that you enjoy, even if they’re just simple things like reading in your favorite chair, or meditating for ten minutes each day.

“Life is not technology or science. Life is an art, you have to feel it. It’s like walking on a tightrope.”


Some people feel such an inner drive to work that they don’t know how to find the off switch at the end of the day, forgetting about themselves entirely. Even if you like your job, it’s necessary to find activities outside of work that also bring you happiness, that you can even sometimes prioritize over your workday.

Think about what’s really important to you

Being immersed in activities that don’t add any value to you, stringing one after another, can make you forget about what’s important. And gradually you’ll throw things out of balance, which will take a lot of effort to reverse.

When we help other people, we usually feel better, but we shouldn’t forget that we also need help sometimes. Our needs can be hidden by the hustle and bustle of stress, and if they’re not attended to, they can end up overwhelming us.

Make a list of things you enjoy

Normally when we make a list of priorities, we tend to put work first, or something we know we need to do even if we don’t like it. This is a serious mistake. In order to learn to prioritize, the first thing we need to think about is what we really enjoy.

“What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction; big is actually small; all of life is a dream, and dreams are dreams, too.”

-Pedro Calderón de la Barca-

You could make a list of activities you’ve never tried, of places you want to visit, of ways you’d really like to spend your time each day. Of course, we all need to work in order to survive, but in order for it to be a priority, you should be passionate about it.

woman reading

Prioritize yourself

We’re lucky enough to be able to choose, and your life can be however you want it to be. You can choose happiness, but in order to find it, you need to feel like you are in flow with your reality. It’s as easy as realizing that when you do something, you lose all concept of time, because you feel so good and so involved in the activity that you identify with it emotionally.

What really matters when it comes to prioritizing things is taking yourself into account. You have to think carefully about what’s really important to you. Are you living according to your values and goals from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed?

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

-Abraham Lincoln-

Don’t make the mistake of prioritizing the problems of the past or the people that irritate you. You should focus on how you want your life to be, and achieve it. If you’re not clear about how you want your life to be, you’ll go to work frustrated each day, fixating on the things that other people do, and eventually you might regret not having set your priorities properly.