Priority List: What it is and Why I have one

February 1, 2020

Let’s talk about priorities and a priority list. Time flies regardless if you’re having fun or stressing out. We are now on the second month of the year and I feel like I haven’t done anything. I have made some plans for this year and lifted it up to Jesus knowing that He has the best plan for my life. But the year started out quite unexpectedly for me, what with being greeted by a two-week flu followed by a throat ulcer and the news of my final exam failure and re-examination requirement. All this, while I continue with my regular job.

It’s not all bad, though. Two weeks ago, I officially started singing in the church choir. I wanted to be more productive and fulfill my ambitious plans one at a time but rest is just as important as all of that, if not far more. I realized that, as I spent many days just sleeping and regretting not giving myself the love and care that it needed to function well.

In light of this, I have decided to make some changes in my lifestyle to be both productive and restful. It sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but it’s not impossible. And I’m not talking about big changes, really. Just small steps and small changes here and there that is beneficial for my total well-being.

So, I made a priority list.

Basically, I wrote down all the things I want and need to do, achieve or have in the near future and I sorted them by priority (by what I felt I needed and wanted more in relation to others). I found out that, although I really should have known that by now, I have tons of things I want and need to do, achieve and have. No wonder I was stressing out so much!

Anyway, I did something with my list that made me instantly change my perspective in life. After I completed my list, I added a cost next to each stuff. The cost was either time or money, or both. I calculated the total amount of time I’d spend (either one time or continuous) and the total amount of money I had to pay for. Let me give you an example and you will see what I’m talking about. Here are some items in my priority list and what it would cost me for each.

  • Listen to God’s Word (sermons, podcasts) – TIME (daily, 10-20 mins x 5 days = 1hr40m)
  • Quality time with loved ones – TIME (no certain quantity)
  • Study for re-exam – TIME (roughly 10-12hrs ’till exam date)
  • Eat healthy food – TIME (to prepare healthy food and drinks) MONEY (healthy food is expensive, no certain amount)
  • Good microphone for twitch stream – TIME (to set up the stream and to play with the new setup, not less than 5hrs for the first day) COST (around S$500 for good podcasting mic with accessories)

I already sorted this list according to what I need and want to do or have, but can you see what I’m trying to point out? The further down I’m on my list (the less important), the more it would cost me and not just monetarily. I know this sounds cliche but the things that really matter in life, are indeed, free. I’m not saying it’s wrong to spend on things that don’t matter, because I still do want to have a good microphone and I don’t need to justify getting one. But if at the cost of the other things that are actually more important to me, it made me think twice and delay my decision-making.

With this, my perspective changed and I was able to put off the other ‘stuff’ that keep floating in my mind and I’m able to not stress myself out with making time and money for every single thing. Like I said, it’s not a big change, and it really shouldn’t be because real change comes from consistency, and not grandeur.

Give it a try, if you had the same problem as me, worried about so many things and not actually knowing where to start. Let me know if it works for you, or share your experiences in the comment section below!

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