Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were confronted with important and urgent priorities; important but not urgent priorities,and urgent but not important priorities? How were you able to manage those? Did they come as convenient and as easy as you thought? It is worthy to note that they are called conflicting priorities. Balancing these conflicting priorities in this 21st century can be an uphill task. However,there are steps you can take inorder to manage and work through them. Take a look:
Weigh the options
It is very crucial for you to process your thoughts carefully and consider what is important and urgent to what is important but not urgent when it comes to balancing conflicting priorities .
Consider what’s most important and urgent first
It is very easy to act on impulse when you are at this juncture. This is absolutely the best time to process your thoughts carefully and focus your energy on what is important and urgent at the same time.
If you are faced with paying the wages of your staffs within the next two days and paying for your graduation fee before the week runs out. Though both are important and conflicting,but you need to attend to the urgent which is to pay your staffs and save your face from humiliation.
One important aspect is to always plan ahead. If you do,you won’t be caught napping at extreme situations.
Highlight The Pros and Cons
When you are at a crossroad between two important Conflicting priorities,considering the pros and cons is crucial.
Would this be a worthy cause at the end of the day? Would it not backfire on me someday? What do I stand to gain after considering this effort?
Take Immediate Action For The Option You Have Finally Chosen.
When you have finally decided on the best option,go ahead and do the needful. And when you are done with it,don’t hesistate to begin working out the second most important priority.
Begin To Think Of How You Can Balance The Important Priorities In Your Life
Next time,you are confronted with conflicting but important priorities,you should do the following:
- Determine your priorities
Set aside time to define what you consider to be the most significant aspect of your life. Do they include such priorities as family,work,friends,self,and community? Which out of these consume more of your time,energy,and resources? Which are the most rewarding to you? Overall,how do they add and subtract value to your spiritual,mental, and physical wellbeing?
Focus on creating priorities that are achievable and make the most sense to you.
- Establish and execute an Implementation Plan for each Priority
To develop your plan,establish specific strategies for each priority and tie them to your overall plan to maintain balance. If one of your priority is to care for your mother with a stage two cancer,how can you accomplish this goal when you have a demanding work schedule? What specific steps will you take to manage your efforts? As you execute your implementation plan,align your actions to your words. Your priorities will be revealed to others by how you live.
- Evaluate your progress
It is important to set time to access and evaluate your progress. It has to be a conscious effort. It will be clear to you on how you have made progress and also see the areas you need to improve upon.
If you still feel out of balance,be willing to adjust your priorities or implementation strategies to jolt you back into alignment. This will be an ongoing process if you wish to keep moving forward in life.
- Be resolute on your values
One of the ways to be happy is to understand that you own your life and nothing can undermine this truth.
Be prepared to walk away from any situation that will compromise your state of balance in your life’s endeavors. Consider it a personal victory when you have the strength and courage to protect what is important to you. Do not relinquish your power to the unreasonable demand of others.
- Allow room for self-focus
A very crucial aspect of balancing your life is to take time for yourself.
Create a self-care list and ensure you follow through on it.
The list can take the form of:
-A review of your goals.
– A visit to a place you have always desired.
– A walk in nature.
– A school reunion.
As you focus on giving time to your self,you become more productive.
Steven Covey puts it clearly, ” The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”