How to Prioritise Life with Career

As you start to progress in your career, you will see how your priorities start to shift. Perhaps right now your health or your family are at the bottom of your thoughts. Sooner or later, however, priorities at the bottom may rise to the top and disrupt your most pressing career goals. You can see this shift if you have already completed the “Lifelong Goals” grid found on page 78 of the “Diplomatic Planner”.

Consider everything that is important to you. This does not all have to be related to your career goals. In fact, try not to focus solely on your career. You are a multi-dimensional human with many pressing needs, responsibilities and identities. The question is, how to satisfy them all, whilst also trying to have a fulfilling career. Life-work balance is important and not to be taken lightly. That is why we have come up with a list of questions for you to tackle on page 80 of the “Diplomatic Planner” - also downloadable from the Grassroot Diplomat Online Academy.

Try to identify what is essential and prioritise key activities that you feel will continue to stay relevant over the coming years. Use this exercise to assess your future needs to ensure that you are planning ahead when making important decisions about your career.

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Here is a guide to help you explore some of your thinking.

  1. Things that are important to me right now

In a world where things change minute-by-minute and requires all of our attention, it is time to take back control and responsibility for ourselves. Don’t fall into the autopilot trap when you start to do things because you have become used to unhealthy routines. It is time to stop and refocus on what is most important to you and find a way back to things that truly matter.

Evaluate what you do everyday, from constantly checking your phone to answering emails straight away. Then determine how essential these actions are to you and whether your time and effort should be focused on something completely different. Keep in mind activities that accommodate your needs, interests and desires, and don’t worry if your list of importance is positive or negative. Acknowledge them, then move on.

2. By next year, the following things will start to take priority in my life

Naturally, your priorities will change as you do. Self-development is all about progress, not regress. With some forward thinking, you can start to put your future plans into action now so that this time next year, you would have already reached your goal. For this section, think of areas in your life you may be neglecting now but will not be possible next year. Keep note of this and review six months later.

3. In five years time, the following things will no longer matter to me

Five years is a long time and a lot can change. Looking back on your “Lifelong Goals” grid, be realistic and consider what things you are doing in your life now may need to be dropped later in life. The purpose of this exercise is to help you recognise and refine how to better balance your life with your career challenges as early as possible, so that you are not suddenly caught out.

4. Right now, I need to focus on the following things

Stop wasting time and start to focus on things that really matter. In order to do that, you must acknowledge and recognise what is important and what wastes time. Celebrate your life today. Get excited about your long-term vision, and really FEEL your goals. These are YOUR goals, so you must be have the power and determination to make them happen for yourself. Set yourself clear goals, give yourself an hour a day to focus on these goals, and keep working. This time next year, you will be amazed with how much you have achieved.

If you need help or guidance at any time, consider booking a private coaching session with the code COACHME for your 10% off discount for the Diplomatic Career Coaching.