Life is about choices and prioritizing what you want. Everyday we make decisions about what we will do and what we wont do. Even when we decide to do nothing we are still making a decision. Therefore, it’s no surprise that our decisions and our actions not only impact our financial well being, it also influences our ability to pursue our dreams, and live life on our own terms.
You can’t do everything, but you can live a life without deprivation that brings you happiness by learning how to make decisions and prioritizing your spending and actions based on the things that bring you the greatest level of happiness. Keep reading to learn 5 ways to determine and prioritize what you want.
Think About When You Are The Happiest. Take the time to engage in reflection to identify which situations and activities bring you the greatest level of happiness. Are you the happiest hanging out with friends, cooking, learning new things, volunteering, etc.? Being able to spot the trends in those activities will help you learn how to focus on the things that matter and eliminate the things that don’t. When I did this activity I realized that the reason why I spent so much money on food and drinks was because I loved the time with my friends. Once I understood that, my friends and I were able to identify ways were we could still socialize and have fun, but for less money.
Identify Your One Thing. I highly recommend reading “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller. This book will help you to focus on the one thing that will be the guiding priority in your life and how to create actionable goals and plans to support your one priority. By focusing on one thing, you will make a lot of progress in one area instead of a little progress across multiple areas. This one thing will also be the goal that will allow you to focus truly on your purpose and eliminate the nonsense, fat, and distractions that derail us from achieving our dreams.
Evaluate Your Priorities. Sit down with a pen and paper and do a brain dump of everything that you have going on in your life. Also, include the things that you want to accomplish. By taking the time to write everything down, you can see if your current tasks, to dos, and goals even support your one thing. Eliminate the items that do not support your one thing or are not required for another reason. Once you are left with your true priorities, then you can rank order your tasks accordingly.
Rank Order Based On What Brings You The Closest To Your One Thing. In our current society everything is urgent and needs to be done “yesterday.” If you have ever worked in Corporate America then you know that everything is urgent. Things can be important, but everything can’t be urgent. When you look at your priorities and your to-do list, tackle the items first that will allow you to make the most progress towards your goals. You can have the life that you want, but you must be willing to make the hard decisions about what you have to do and have now versus what you can do and have later. Remember that saying “yes” to things that don’t matter means saying “no” to the things that do.
Understand Your Limitations. You can only do so much at one time and you can’t be everywhere at once. Focus on the things that give you the biggest return. Learn how to say “No” so you can stay focused on the things that will matter most. This will help you to manage your time and your money.
Now that you know how to determine and prioritize what you want in life, how will you use these steps. Leave a comment to let me know.
Aisha Taylor is a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle”, the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal), and creator of The Live Phenomenal Program. The Live Phenomenal Program is a program designed to give you the tools that you need to totally transform your finances and stop living from paycheck-to-paycheck. It’s time for you to be Financially Phenomenal! Book your complimentary 20-minute financial clarity session with Aisha here
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