Power-Up Your Priorities
Wouldn’t it be nice if you were able to complete all your priority items everyday? Unfortunately, there are always unexpected demands on your time to disrupt your planned work. How is it possible to balance life’s demands with your goals for the future? Are you motivated to make a commitment to reach your future goals? The fact that you are part of the C.L.A.S.S. program indicates that you are already motivated and working toward making your dreams a reality. The priorities you set are the keys to your success. Here are three proven methods successful people use to help them focus on what is most important in their lives. Develop a Personal Mission Statement Organizations as well as famous people create and use mission statements because they are the foundation by which priorities are set. What is important to you? What do you plan to accomplish? Envision your future self who is living a life based on who you are and what you value. Your mission statement will guide you as you make choices on how to spend your time and energy. Here are two examples:
“I will use my education and athletic experience to inspire a positive change through teaching and coaching.”
“I will use my education and life experience to mentor younger students who need encouragement from an older peer.”
Share your mission statement with people you trust and admire. Plan to read your mission statement often then revise it as you grow and continue learning. Stay Motivated When your sense of purpose wanes, review your goals. Perhaps you have lost interest in some portion of your goals. Take steps to revise, and then set new priorities to implement the changes. Writing out your priorities and tracking results are useful tools. Bullet journals are a new concept, and offer numerous ways to track progress and measure success. There are also applications for your phone/computer, which provide technology to sequence priorities, even send you reminder messages for tasks. Plot Your Progress Find visual representations of your progress. Draw or use pictures to illustrate your success. Certificates and school progress reports are encouraging. Some people use a photo, a piece of jewelry or a statue they can see each day to remind them of their priorities. Are you working toward graduation? Post the date and how many weeks until the big day. Are you looking forward to entering college or a trade school? Post a logo of that school where you can see it everyday. Incorporate your goal in computer passwords you use often. Images on a screen saver are visual reminders. Your brain stores these words with images becoming a power source for you to live by your priorities.
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Ellen Mooney is a retired principal and teacher with more than 45 years of experience in K-12 education.