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Prioritising – the simple way

How do you decide what to do first?

When you look at all of the things you need to do in a day/week/month, how do you know which one is your priority?

There are lots of tools, models and frameworks out there which claim to be able to help you identify where you should focus your attention and efforts and they can be very helpful in getting you to analyse and rationalise your approach to taking action.  However, I believe there is a simpler way.  I believe there is a way to prioritise which will save you time and help you direct your energy in the most effective way.

What is prioritising anyway?  A dictionary definition is “to put things in order of importance”prioritising

What then, is the criteria for determining importance?  Important to whom?  Important in this moment or in the future? Important to one person or many?

It feels to me ambiguous and open to a whole lot of interpretation and judgement.   This can be stressful, particularly in a situation where other people will be impacted by the decisions you make.

What if there was a simpler way to make effective decisions about prioritising which reduce your stress and have the most positive impact on other people?

If we were to come out of our head a bit more when making decisions about what is the best/right/most important/most critical thing to do right now, we could prioritise more quickly and (arguably) more effectively.  The thing is that often we “know” what the priority is, don’t we?  I say “know” in inverted comma’s because it is often not a head kind of knowing and more of a gut kind of knowing.  We just “know” what we need to do right now.

The other thing is that there is a science behind this.  Our gut contains more nerve cells than our brain and so it responds to all of the stuff going on in our body and picks up on stuff going on around us in our environment quicker and more effectively.  So, when you ask yourself, “what do I need to be focusing on right now?” or “what is the priority here?”……pause and notice any reaction in your body as you consider each of the possible courses of action.  There is a good chance that you will feel a sense of what is the thing to do right now and it is likely that it will be in the best interest of others around you too, because we all have a natural inbuilt sense of compassion.

I’m not saying this is fool proof and that ALL decisions should be made on gut instinct alone, however, when it comes to deciding where to focus your attention and energy, let a bit more of your inner wisdom guide you.

Still not sure about this?  Well, mindfulness training has been proven to help people make decisions and to trust themselves as they make tough decisions.  Contact me to find out more about the mindfulness training I offer.

Liked this blog on prioritising?  Here is another one you might like to look at Prioritising Starts With You!

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