5 Steps to Prioritizing Your Time!

Aaaaah! Happy New Year’s! 2017 is almost here!

I don’t know about you guys but I have definitely needed a lesson in getting motivated and staying focused on the things that really matter to me, and that I really enjoy. School has started and kicked into full gear – making me fall victim to whatever the next day or week brings!

It is so important that we stay in control of our time and don’t let it drag us whichever way the waves crash!

I’ve recently been working on getting back in control of how I spend my time, and not allowing demanding tasks to completely take over my mind and life.

Today, I want to show you some ways I took back my time and got motivated again to spend time on the things I care about most!

SIT DOWN AND MAKE A LIST

Make a list of everything that is important to you. These are your priorities.

Also, make a list of things that are NOT really important to you, but you HAVE to do anyway. This will give you a clear visual of how you are/should be spending your time – while you still have to do the daunting tasks that you aren’t exactly thrilled about, you can do them in a manner or time block that will prevent them from taking up too much of your mind-power, leaving you too bogged down and exhausted to do the things that you actually enjoy.

DEFINE ANY AND EVERY GOAL YOU HAVE

This could be another list, or some sort of collage or illustration. Maybe even just a stream of thought!

Either way, these goals will shape your priorities even further.

Write down any goal that crosses your mind, even goals that are just distant dreams, or goals that you have no idea how or when you will have the time to work on them. You can then align your priorities with these goals, and find out how the way that you spend your time is hurting your ability to achieve these goals.

REFLECT ON WHERE YOU SPEND YOUR TIME

Now that you know your obligations, your priorities, and your goals, how does the way that you currently spend your time align with these items?

For one day, try keeping track of how much time you spend playing video games, mindlessly scrolling through social media, etc. Since these things are so normal for us, we often end up throwing away an excessive amount of time here without even noticing!

DECIDE WHAT CAN REALISTICALLY BE SACRIFICED

Now that you know where exactly your time is currently being spent, you can start to reallocate where you want your time to go.

Things such as mindless scrolls through your Facebook feed can obviously be sacrificed or at least limited, but what about obligations you have? Obviously, most of us can’t realistically get rid of everything in our schedule that we don’t exactly find invigorating. Many of us have day jobs that we don’t love but still must attend to, or homework for a class we don’t love.

These obligations probably shouldn’t just be thrown out – therefore, only get rid of the time-sucking tasks that would not be counterproductive to get rid of.

In other words, be responsible when deciding how you can rearrange your time slots.

SCHEDULE YOUR PRIORITIES IN ORDER

Hopefully at this point you have a much clearer idea of what your priorities are!

However, our priorities don’t STAY our priorities unless we organize our time accordingly. To keep something as a priority, there must be dedicated time assigned to doing it!

Try creating a weekly schedule for yourself. Start with your top priority, or something that’s time slot cannot be moved, and schedule that in first.

Click to read my post on creating a schedule to organize your priorities and goals!

This way, you can make sure your top priorities get the utmost focus when it comes to time spent!


The key to prioritizing is getting organized. Get organized with what exactly your priorities are, what your biggest time-wasters are, and what changes you can make.

Then, you will have the ability to create a schedule that leaves you feeling positive and productive, because it is based on YOUR values.

YOU control your time. Don’t let time control YOU!

Let me know what you’d like to spend more time doing in 2017! Happy New Year!!

21 Comments

  1. Milenka Millie December 30, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    This is such a helpful post as managing my time is something that I really struggle with! I find that the day goes far too quickly and I don’t have enough time to get everything done, especially in winter when the days are so short anyway! Making lists is a great way to stay organised and I like the idea of making one for non-urgent things – just a reminder to get them out of the way. This is a lovely post that’s written in such a great positive way! I love it xx

    • Anthropolojay December 30, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Oh my goodness thank you so much!! 💖 I’m glad you found this helpful!

  2. Ron January 2, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I find that making a list is very useful. Things may change along the way but having a list keeps me calm about my daunting tasks. Great advice. And happy new year, Jaycee!

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

    • Anthropolojay January 2, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      I totally agree! Lists simplify things and calm me down a bit too. Happy new year to you too Ron!! 🙂

  3. elizabeth allcock January 2, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Great tips! I work full time aswell as blogging so I love making lists its really satisfying afterwards.

    • Anthropolojay January 2, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you! And I’m glad you agree! Making lists really simplifies my life, haha. Happy new year! <3

  4. Helen January 2, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Oh crikey. I’m awful with time management 🙁 I need to pay attention to this list as work just piles up otherwise.

    • Anthropolojay January 2, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      I totally understand, haha! I wish you the best Helen! 🙂

  5. Kintan January 2, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Hi dear, these are really amazing time management idea. I’m really enjoyed reading this and give me more ideas. Thanks so much for sharing. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 dear, wishing you all the best and successful year ahead.

    Kisses XO, Kintan
    http://kintanfashion.blogspot.com

    • Anthropolojay January 2, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much!! And I’m glad this could be helpful to you! Happy 2017! 🙂

  6. Missy January 2, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    With all of the pressure to create a list of goals this time of year, it’s nice to have some tips and tricks to making it more doable and organized. I’m embarrassed that I thought your blog title was a play off the trendy store, but it’s a play off of your topic of studies…So much better (and smarter and funnier) 🙂

    • Anthropolojay January 2, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Haha well thank you!! 🙂 I wish you the best!

  7. Jasmin N January 2, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    These are some wonderful tips! Making a list usually helps me, I usually draw tiny boxes next to the things so I can check them off after I’m finished haha 😀

    • Anthropolojay January 2, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      That’s a great idea!! I’d like to start bullet journal and incorporate being able to check things off there!

  8. Anastasia Nicole January 3, 2017 / 1:46 am

    Great post! I get so stuck on listing and goal setting that I spend more time on planning than on acting. Time to get moving.
    xx

    • Anthropolojay January 3, 2017 / 2:21 am

      Same!! It’s something I’ve definitely been working on making myself more aware of. Best of luck!

  9. Karoliina Kazi January 3, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    List apps on my phone – ticking stuff thats done feels so good 🙂 Great tips, I definitely still struggle with prioritising so this was really helpful.

    xo Karoliina | http://www.karoliinakazi.com

    • Anthropolojay January 3, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      I’m so glad!! 🙂 Yes, it really is the best feeling haha.

  10. kittylimon January 3, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with this list, I annoy everyone because I’m a list maker but I’m a list maker that also cuts ever point on the list to mini goals that need to be done in priority of when it needs doing by. I find it helps me keep organised and be a lot more productive 🙂

    • Anthropolojay January 3, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      That’s so great!! I’m totally with you there, haha. I have a list for everything!

  11. Mimi January 3, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Saving time. Time is money. Time is so important. Time is what makes you able to work on things that will generate the future.

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