At this point, I cannot think of a better title for this blog than Balancing your priorities. Have you ever felt overwhelmed when there is simply too much going on? This is a scenario I find myself in too often, which increases my stress levels making me feel overwhelmed. It seems like there is always a perfect storm with urgent issues at the office, papers due for school, and events going on at home. The only way to prevent this from happening in the future is to plan ahead, which is easier said than done.
Assuming you have written your goals somewhere, look at your list and determine, which of your goals are most important to you. You should limit yourself to having 3 short term (<5 years) and 3 long term (>5 years) goals. Any more than this may be too cumbersome and prohibit you from accomplishing any of them. It is crucial to identify the 3 short term and 3 long term goals, so you can plan out your next moves and understand what is a priority and what is not.
If something is not a priority because it does not help accomplish one of your goals, then you can push that task to the side if necessary. If you have free time, then you can get to that task. Also, knowing what is coming up in advance will help you plan. If you are working on school, have a full time job, and have a family life, then you will want to make sure you are not too busy in two or more of these areas at the same time. Keeping things on a calendar of upcoming project deadlines, events, and so on does help keep everything in order. It is really what works best for you because nobody is the same.
I view balancing priorities as an important skill to set yourself to succeed. If you continue working without goals in mind, which are used to guide you in prioritizing, then you are going to have a difficult time succeeding. So, identifying your goals, learning which tasks at hands are priority, and scheduling well in advance will help you minimize future stresses.