Could Knowing your Priorities Save your Sanity?

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I have a tendency to be an "all-or-nothing" kind of person. When I decide to do something, I want to do it well. No half-assing it for this woman. But that mentality has, well, made me mental at times. I've gotten wiser over the past couple years and have found myself giving this piece of advice to several young women in my life: it's all about your priorities.

Here are 3 benefits to knowing your priorities:

1. It's easier to make decisions.

When you know your priorities, you know what you need to do. If I'm facing an extra busy week (or season of life), I make a mental note of what my priorities are for my time. If family is first, followed by church involvement, then work--I know that if a work opportunity pops up that conflicts with my family time, then I need to pass on the work opportunity (even if it's really good!)

Know your priorities and stick to them. It will make tough decisions easier to make.

2. You can let go of your perfectionism.

Instead of trying to keep all the metaphorical balls in the air all the time, knowing your priorities means you can actually let some things drop. If you try to do everything, for everyone, all the time, perfectly... well, that's just exhausting. And you're not going to do anything well. When you know what your priorities are on any given day, you can do the things that are important or urgent and let go of everything else.

3. To know how to spend wisely.

One of the areas that priorities have made a big difference for me is with our grocery budget. The way my kids eat, we cannot afford to eat all organic all the time. But I can still prioritize good food. I buy as much fresh, local produce as I can find and I buy high-quality meat from local sources as much as possible also. I know my kids are eating healthy, nourishing food.

It's important to identify our priorities and also know our limitations. No one can do all things perfectly at all times. The sooner we learn this aspect of balance, the sooner we become more confident in our decisions and more relaxed in our lives.

Do you find it more difficult to identify your priorities or stick to them?

LifeTaryn Nergaard