I’ve been practicing mindfulness prioritization for the past week, and honestly, I’ve been struggling with it.

What are my priorities?

I have maybe too many…

I want to do well in school. 

But I also don’t want to sacrifice my other interests, like basketball, magic, writing, reading, investing/trading stocks

And where does leisure fit into all of this? 

Do I set aside time to rest, watch Netflix, hang out with friends, taking care of my health?

I want to start these new things too, like learning how to dance, playing more violin, learning a third language, learning how to code, jogging and working out. My irrational brain tells me I need a girlfriend right now as if that’ll help solve any problems. 

I think, honestly, I need to prioritize one thing right now, and that is getting through till December 20th. December 20th I’ll be back home, and I’ll have more time, more freedom, more space, more privacy. I’ll be able to spend a bit more time without all this clutter in my life to really take a good look and see what my true priorities are.

I call it the 5×5 rule.

Write down the 25 most important things you want to accomplish in the next 5 years. Go crazy. There are no limits to what you put on this list and do not think too much about it.

Then, circle the 5 most important things from that list of 25. After you’ve circle 5, erase everything else. None of those other things are important. Now, under those 5 most important things, list 5 active things you can and will do to help you achieve those 5 goals.

I hope I can find some time to set priorities like this soon. Maybe I’ll find some time tomorrow, or maybe I’ll do it right after I post this blog post, or maybe I might have to wait till December 20th. Either way, my priorities are confused right now…and I really need to figure out what is important to me before I get more lost.


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