Who doesn’t want to start living their best life? But, where do you even start? Planning and prioritization are the keys to mastering your best life starting right now.
Living the life you want won’t happen unless you make it happen. The only problem is how do you start making the changes you necessary to make this happen.
While it might seem impossible, don’t give up! By being intentional about what you want, planning things out and prioritizing yourself, you can make this year truly amazing.
Living With Intention
We recently delved into living with intention. We kicked off our series by encouraging you to choose your 2020 word for the year. This single word serves as a starting point for living your life more intentionally. Not only for the way you want to live but for what you want to achieve.
We also talked about bringing balance into your life, instead of the chaos that prevents us from having a well-designed, intentional life. Of course, that led us to ask you to set intentional goals for the new year.
However, the best possible way to start living with intention is to take the goals you set and turn them into manageable tasks. This means the next step to living your best life is planning and prioritization.
Adding In Planning And Prioritization
Did you know that 92% of people fail at the goals they set? That number is mind-blowing! Science shows that two main factors contribute to this high failure rate – difficulty committing and trying to tackle too much at once.
Why do people have such a hard time committing? It could be for a number of reasons, such as:
- Lack of time
- The goal seems too hard
- It’s not personal enough
- Other obligations
- Fear of failing again
First, set goals that truly matter to you. Remember, you’re starting on a path to live your life with intention. So, pick goals you actually want to commit to.
Tackling too much at once is usually what makes it seem like you don’t have enough time or the goal is just too hard. But, it doesn’t have to be this way at all.
Planning and prioritization eliminate both of those factors. You plan out your goal by breaking it into tiny pieces. You want a better job? Start by making a weekly goal. Week 1 might be researching career options. Week 2 could be checking into continuing education. See, you don’t have to go out and achieve your entire goal in a day.
Prioritization means making those plans a priority in your life. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day, you prioritize yourself and the goals you’ve set.
Spending Your Time Right
How are you spending your time? We’re all guilty of wasting time throughout the day, even when we say we’re too busy to do anything else.
Think about how much time you spend scrolling mindlessly through Facebook. What about reading news stories that just frustrate you? The average person spends over three hours a day on their phone. That doesn’t even account for other forms of screen time, like binge-watching.
To live your best life, take a hard look at how you spend your time. If you cut out half of your smartphone time each day, you’d save over 22 days each year. Just imagine what you could accomplish with that!
Re-evaluate how you spend your time so that it’s aligning with your overarching goals. Planning and prioritization are keys to regaining lost time and putting it to better use.
Planning Weekly And Daily
Simply setting a big goal isn’t quite enough. Where do you start? You plan it out. Not only do you set weekly goals and tasks, but daily ones as well. Each and every day, you tackle tasks that get you closer to your goals and to the life you’ve always dreamed of.
This type of planning and prioritization helps you be more intentional with your time. You increase productivity, focus better, create and stick to better routines, push past feelings of being overwhelmed and free up time to do what’s most important to you.
It’s all about prioritizing what matters most. By laying it all out, you’ll find you have more time than you thought possible. With each day, you feel better about yourself and the life you’re living. Before you know it, you’ve achieved your goals. Stick with us as we lay out how and why to plan both weekly and daily.
Start your journey with a Day Designer planner to help you live not only a more intentional life, but your best life!