Setting Priorities

I have failed at setting goals for this past year. I never seem to stick to them. I have good intentions, I write them out, I make them measurable and actionable but can’t seem to follow through.

So after years of trying to set goals I’ve come up with a better solution for me.

I set priorities, not goals. Here’s why –

Priority comes from the word prior – to come before all others, takes precedence, leading concern, rank, urgency, preference.

These words are more powerful in my mind because I work in healthcare (I’m a home care nurse if you didn’t know that) where the word priority is used a lot.

I have to prioritize my day as a nurse because the issues I deal with take precedence, and literally sometimes could mean life or death.

So when it comes to my business I find prioritizing rather than setting goals works for me.

I set priorities for the day, week, month and for the year.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do use the word goal because it does mean end result, intention, purpose, target, objective or aim.

And to clarify – no offense to those who teach SMART goal setting techniques or your someone who swears by them, that’s great, keep doing what you’re doing if it’s working for you.

For me though, using the word priority shifts my mindset and motivates me to get it done! So if you’re having trouble setting goals maybe setting priorities is worth a try 🙂

And while you’re at it, use a yearly planner to set priorities or goals (whatever you want to call them).

I love my Inner-guide planner
“A 12 month guide to a fulfilling year”.

Plan out your vision (another good word to use) for the year. This guide has space for you to set an intention for the week, prioritize, than break it down into smaller list of things to do or what I like to say my  “Get it done list”.

When you write down your plans for the week, month or year it gives you the big picture and a clearer sense of direction. Your vision is doable. I can visualize my vision becoming a reality, SWEET!

So there you have it, a peek inside my head.

Now do you set goals or priorities? And do you use a planner of some kind whether a store bought one or a note book? Leave a comment below, would love to know your thoughts.

Tina 🙂


  1. Great post. I just ordered the planner via the link to Amazon – using it to set priorities in addition to any goals I set is a great idea.

    Thanks. Nikki

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