To continue our discussion on Values, just because something is Urgent doesn't necessarily mean it's important.

Conversely, what’s vital refers to something central and internally crucial; something you literally can’t live without, not just for the moment but over time. In fact, vital comes from the word for life itself, like vital organs—heart, brain, blood. What’s vital may have less pressure and feel calmer than what’s urgent, but it’s much more crucial for your long-term survival and well-being.

What’s vital to you feeds your life force. In this way, it may remind you of your True North—a fixed and eternal need. The urgent and the vital both need to be balanced on a daily basis.

You need to be careful not to let yourself submerge what is consistently vital in what is momentarily urgent.

If you’re like most people you’re probably bombarded, and confused, throughout the day with what are, or what seem to be, urgent matters. Obviously, however, it’s what’s vital to you and to your true self which really matters most and must take top priority.

You can see how standing by your values plays a huge role in deciding this. This can be challenging, so having a very simple A-B-C-D priority system can be extremely helpful. Make a list of what you know you want to accomplish today, and then rate them as follows:

A - Those absolute vital items you have-to complete.

B - Those urgent items which could wait until tomorrow.

C – The “want to” impulse items which are even less urgent and important.

D – Those items which you are unsure of or are possibly not necessary at all.

The follow-through is simple: Always do the A items first, followed by the B items and so forth. Transfer today’s incomplete list onto tomorrow’s plan. Reprioritize the list daily since new items will undoubtedly arise.

Setting boundaries with yourself and with others so you can stay focused on your vital A tasks.

Make a values-driven priority plan for yourself, and you’ll find you’re more productive while also being truer to yourself. Live your life this way and you’ll find yourself on the path of your True North.

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