That’s what you hear all the time: since you don’t have all the time/energy/money in the world, prioritize!

And that is important for sure. Instead of wandering aimlessly at the house picking a mug here, patting the dog there, stumbling upon some laundry or sitting down to leaf over an advertisement, it’d be better that you know what you are supposed to do and do it. Like go to work. Or work at home, if that’s your thing.

In a perfect world you would too.

One would think that if something is important to you, you’d prioritize it. Like remembering a doctor’s appointment: if you really need to go there, you’d prioritize it enough to write it down, or put a reminder on your phone. So not doing these things means you don’t prioritize your own health?

It’s not that easy though. You might think the appointment is important, but making a note of it wasn’t a priority at the time – something else was.

There are so many things one need to prioritize at the same time, how can you prioritize that?

Priorities change, sure. Once it can be your work, then your family, then your partner, then life itself, all and everything.

Usually the change is tied to age and or experiences you gather in your life.

When you’re young, who cares about work? It’s for the old people, the 30 somethings!

And when you’re successful in your work, who cares about family – there’s just so much more interesting stuff going on at work!

priorityWhen you have a lot going on in your life, prioritizing is most difficult: how can you prioritize your family life, children’s’ or spouse’s needs, probable career-changing project at work, building your dream house and having time for your time-consuming hobbies like scrap booking?

Again, the demand is that you should think what is important to you and prioritize it. But what if all the things are equally important?

No wonder people feel overwhelmed. You probably can’t prioritize everything ideally.

And then, sometimes, after something happens to you or someone close to you, nothing else matters than the quality of life. Usually that focuses you and leaves you with probably only one priority: to live a good, happy and healthy life.

Too bad for many people something major has to happen before they can get rid of all the lesser things and have a clear priority in mind. Maybe mindfulness has something to it: if you quiet down and listen to yourself, you might be able to prioritize things before something big, from outside of your control, comes and changes your thinking for you.

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