Managing priorities.

Philippines
April 30, 2010 6:33pm CST
we have a lot of priorities in life and we have to manage them somehow in order to be organized. so what do you put up first as your primary priority? some people would highly prioritize their marriage and some their family. they're two different things. if you prioritize your marriage it means it's exclusive between you and your spouse as compared to family. if you prioritize your family first then it involves your children. or if you still live with your mother then she's undoubtedly included, along with your siblings. if you're a student then you might as well be putting your studies first to get a nice job after you graduate with your pursued degree. but there are also students who put their family first before anything else that's why most of the time they stray off of their studies cuz they help their families first buy applying for a job. now this is odd but some people put their pets on top of their priorities for the simple reason that their pet is cute and cuddly. can't blame 'em though. some people prioritize being on time. they're called 'time lords' and most of the time they're pin point accurate being on time when it comes to appointments, meetings, conferences, etc.. with all that said, how do you manage your priorities and what do you put up first as your primary or basic priority?
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@_Honey_ (781)
• Philippines
1 May 10
Life is complex as it encompasses different dimensions of man's living. Family, friends, marriage, career, studies, finances, health. Quite a lot but still, it makes my life worth living. On a personal note, as of this time, I'd say that my main priority would be my family. Saving and working hard for them to help my parents send my younger siblings to go to school. I know that by supporting them financially, I am giving my parents better chances to save up for their old age. Here in the Philippines, many parents get to old age having no investments because during the times when they're still strong, they almost put everything on their children's education. Next would by my health to ensure that I'm always strong and in good health condition to keep up with a very fast pace of life. Next would be my career to support my daily living and expenses. And so on and so forth.
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• Philippines
1 May 10
Nice. So you're like the bread winner of the family. Few can only muster the responsibilities of it and i admire you for that.
@_Honey_ (781)
• Philippines
1 May 10
My dad is still the breadwinner. I'm just helping them out with the other expenses. I learned just now that my brother passed his college entrance exam in a State University. I'm so glad he did. I wouldn't worry much about his tuition fee now.
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• Philippines
1 May 10
Nice. Congratulations to your brother. That'll loosen up a little. :)
@bagputza (504)
• Belgium
1 May 10
Good morning dear friend , well everytime before i go to bed i like to think on what i have achievied during the day i had , and i also check to see if i've been following my priorities , so for me the most important thingz are to make myself become a better person , because in the past i used to neglect verry much my familly because i was too focused on pleasing my friends , i din't realised at that time that friends come and go , and if you do help them they take it for granted and when i need it something , they always had excuses , so ever since i openned well my eyes , i decided that for me the biggest priorities are to take care of my familly needs , and to start work togheter with it towards a single goal !!! Have a great day dear Friend
• Philippines
1 May 10
Priority to become better person is pretty general right? It includes a lot of sub-priorities like taking care of family, work, etc.. You need to chunk down to specifics to get a better idea on what priority to do first.
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@bagputza (504)
• Belgium
1 May 10
lowl someone really dind't got he's medication this morning =)))
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• Philippines
1 May 10
hahaha! You got it bagputza. Damn!
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
1 May 10
My family, my children have always been my top priority than my job. It has never been easy and never will. I've never thought of my job being my top and never will. My children have always had a special place in my heart. I want to give them my possible best. And I want them to grow up to be happy, contented and to live their dreams. So there has always been a thin, fragile line that divides between them, my family and my job. Placing too much emphasis on one will undoubtedly place a lot of stress on the other not forgetting the hurt it may caused. Planning, talking it out with my children, sacrifice and lots of give and take would do a lot of difference and make everyone in the family happy as well.
• Philippines
1 May 10
That's very nice. Keep up with that and you'll have a very happy and solid family. Thanks for your response.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
1 May 10
Nice topic nevertheless and thank you!
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• India
1 May 10
Hello, If one knows one's responsibilities well which means, if one is a good human being, then one may rest one's priority entirely to the immediacy of events. What I mean by being a good human being? A good human being, as I see it, must have an unbiased, clear understanding of reality. He must be free from superstitions and all prejudices. He must be equally kind and benevolent to all, which means, his kindness and generosity should be limited only by his sense of justice and balance, and nothing else. When such a man gets at work, he actually doesn't need to prioritize anything on relationships or intimacy because responsibility and righteousness go way beyond relationships. This man now prioritize his jobs depending on time. He thinks about today, and bothers less about yesterday or tomorrow. He needs to know what is to be done immediately, yet doesn't go for a quick fix, as he is being resolute at the same time. I know I have to do something today, otherwise I may have to face difficulties tomorrow. So I not only do it today, I start doing it right now. Why is a computer so efficient? Because it is less impulsive and more logical. This is a good thing we must learn from machines. Prioritizing on persons will always give us a biased and highly confused perspective, thus its best to prioritize things by time. Thanks God bless you
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• Philippines
1 May 10
So in other words, one shouldn't have a clouded judgement in order to decide the best priority? Is this right? Are you like this?
• India
1 May 10
yea, thats me
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
1 May 10
Well, even though I'm currently taking time off from it, I'd have to say that school is my first priority. Getting through college is really important to me, and I won't let anything get in the way of it. Last semester I quit my job because it didn't leave me enough time to get my schoolwork done and I was afraid my grades would suffer. I also place a high priority on my music work- I'm in a string quartet that plays for weddings and other events, and I'll cancel just about anything I have going on if I get a gig to play.
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• Philippines
1 May 10
That's great! I'm a musician too but i work with a band. Experience taught me that studies have to come first before music though. How are you handling both?
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
1 May 10
My gigs typically only fall on weekends, so they don't get in the way of my classes usually. If they are on a weekday during class, I can sometimes arrange with a professor to skip that class, as long as I'm comfortable with where my grades are. I get paid for my gigs and it's currently my household's only income, so it's really important that I be able to do it.
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@evepin (723)
• Philippines
1 May 10
my priorities in life are now as follows: Christ's teachings, my marriage, my kids, my family, my friends. i first make sure that i try to be a good person and the best person that i can be - full of love, faith, and hope. then of course my next priority is my relationship with my husband. closely following this is my daughter. when i was still working, i stressed to my boss that my family is my priority over work, and he completely understood. i was really glad working for a company who understands the importance of family.
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• Philippines
1 May 10
Putting your religion first as your priority can have a good base to your other priorities cuz you have a platform to stand on and it really creates a tough foundation to teach your kids. Thanks for the response. :)