Just don’t bother to set your priorities.
You did that already, didn’t you? Maybe several times?
Can you remember some of those “priorities lists”? I don’t mean priorities for when you’re going to do all the errands you have to do over the next week. I’m talking about life priorities. The stuff you want to do before you’re 30, before you’re 50, before your kids grow up, before you DIE.
Can you remember those lists? And why didn’t you do all the things on those lists?
If you’re like me, you had the best intentions… but then you got caught up in the CURRENT: current events and current crises!
I don’t think setting priorities is a big deal. I think doing what we say we’re going to do is by far the greater challenge.
In my experience, about 90% of people don’t really do what they say they’re going to do. And that problem gets them into a raft of trouble.
I have learned to simply keep my agreements. I always do. And if I discover that, somehow, it won’t be possible for me to keep an agreement I’ve made, I contact the person who will be affected by that before the deadline, in order to renegotiate the agreement. It’s a way of life for me!
Psychologists say that, if we’ll just write down what we want, or what we say we’re going to do, and then read what we wrote a couple of times a day, the chance that we’ll get that stuff, or do that stuff, increases greatly. Challenge yourself to do what you say you’re going to do - or don’t say it in the first place.
And try sustaining your commitment to just one thing over a longish period of time. That’s even harder. But the results - the confidence and pride that comes from doing what you said you’re going to do, and continuing to do it as a person of real integrity - represents serious character-building, far more than any simple “setting priorities”-type of exercise you might want to undertake.