The demands that audition for our attention are continuous. Rather it be our careers, our families, our creativity, you name it, it requires an effort on our end.
The notebooks full of to-dos seemingly pile up one by one, and yet I often wonder, what are we working to prioritize within our own lives? Is everything truly a priority or are we actually taking the time to understand what matters to us the most? Rhetorical for many of us.
When we really stop to analyze the many directions in which we are pulled within our own lives, we begin to notice that which is deemed a priority is what we give importance or meaning to – it’s quite simple. A priority for one may be to climb the corporate ladder while a priority for another may be seeking to discover their true consciousness (or nature). The one thing that is inevitable is our choice formation.
The act of learning to make intentional choices and balancing priorities begins to take form once we understand what’s important or meaningful within our lives. Asking questions such as:
- What do I value, and I am creating room for these things within my life?
- How does this make me feel? Am I sacrificing an aspect of myself for this?
- Is it urgent (as in saving lives) or can I afford to hold off for now?
- Are there others or resources I can leverage, or can I delegate this?
Of course, there will be times in our lives when we have to deal with the priorities of another, say our workplace, versus our own priorities. It’s during these moments where the need to compromise may come into play, and as long as we are working to create room for the things that are meaningful to us, we can achieve a sense of balance. It may not be a walk in the park but it’s doable.
Take a moment to silently think or write down what you deem a priority within your life. Leverage some of the above questions if you need a jumpstart. Don’t overthink it and don’t judge what may hold meaning for you despite if others may not feel the same. Remember compromise is not full on sacrifice.