It’s important to keep a good balance between these priorities. If I play video games all day I’m not living out my other priorities.
Long term it’s better to select priorities that can stay with you for most your life. However if you pick a short term priority like getting out of debt or finishing your bachelor’s degree, those are important too.
Studies show that the happiest people make others a priority (friends, family, volunteering, giving.) They help to give life meaning and make it more than just about yourself.
It’s also wise to pick something that challenges you, life gets boring when everything is too easy.
To give you an example what this can look like here’s a list of my priorities.
My Top 6 priorities are broader categories. However, I have specific outlets of how I live them out. That way it’s an easier to track if I’m living out my priorities. It also makes it so you don’t feel stuck. You may always have Creativity as a main priority, but how you use it may change over time. Writing down outlets for each priority is very useful. You can even take it one step further, like I do, and write down which possessions you have to enhance each priority and outlet.
Minimalism isn’t just about possessions, it can be applied to all aspects of life. You may want a better job, stronger friendships, more free time, these are all good things to add to your life. However, you may have to make room for them.
Once you know what you want to fill your life with we can discard anything that doesn’t enhance those priorities!