Level up with your priorities

When I worked at Trinity, teaching First Grade for several years, the term “level up” became common. In the classroom, this was about presenting the kids with a concept or an idea, and then having a next steps on the ready to keep the children learning at their fullest potential. It required a lot of work to always be prepared for this, to anticipate the different needs of the students, and to have resources and materials (and the right questions!) on the ready. And while it was a lot of work, it also produced tremendous results.

Last week I wrote a blog post about priorities- choosing three things in a day that are the most important for you to get done, to keep you moving in the direction of your bigger goals.

Today I want to share with you something I created for a client a few years ago called a Priority Map. Choosing your priorities for the day is one thing, but creating your plan of attack is leveling up!

First, choose your three non-negotiables for the day. (I like to do this the night before so I can hit the ground running when the day starts.) What has to get done? Think about your work life, personal life, family life, etc. and choose three things that you want to have checked off the list when your head hits the pillow. Think of them as the rocks...not moving, potentially standing in your way of other tasks, so you got to get.it.done.

Your next step is to anticipate your obstacles. If a 6 am workout is a priority, what could get in the way of you getting there? Perhaps it’s not getting to bed on time. How can you make sure you get in bed on time? Looking for these obstacles and being prepared for them will prevent them from derailing your plan. Once you have anticipated obstacles for each of your priorities, your mindset will begin to change and you will find yourself more motivated and prepared.

At this point your plan is in place and your obstacles have less of a chance of getting in your way. What’s next? Come up with your mantra for the day. This could be your favorite quote, spiritual truth or saying that motivates and inspires you to be your best self.Think of it as a power phrase that you tell yourself over and over again. If it sounds kinda hinky, don’t knock it till you try it. This is where your Mindfulness practice starts to come in- mantra brings you back to the present moment, allows for a sense of self-awareness, and creates space to treat yourself with kindness. A mantra I tell myself often is “nothing is forever.” When the moments of chaos arrive, and when things feel super challenging, this mantra reminds me that it’s ok, because this won’t last forever, and weathering the storm builds character.

Last step (I promise all these go fast!), close your eyes. Walk yourself through the day, and visualize yours

elf at the end of the day. How does it feel when you have moved the rocks, checked off the to do list, and completed the tasks? Empowering.

Level up, give it a try, and let me know what you think.

Be well,


About Sarah

Sarah is the co-director of team Bristow, a passionate educator and mentor, and an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. Just like the rest of us, she seeks to grow every day.

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