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    What Are Your Priorities for 2024?

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | January 1st, 2024

    What Are Your Priorities for 2024?

    If you have read this blog over the years, you know what I will do today. I will bring out my journal and set my priorities for the year. I will review life’s eight dimensions, answer some questions, and decide on my top three priorities for the year. I will write it in my journal and put it on my phone. I will look at it periodically throughout the year, especially when making significant decisions. If what I have to decide does not align with my priorities, I will probably say no.

    The eight dimensions of life to consider are:

    WORK – Do I wake up excited to go to work? Have I gotten that promotion I believe I deserve? What are the growth opportunities in my current job? Should I be looking for another job?

    MONEY – Am I living within my means? Have I maximized the amount of money to place in my retirement account? Have I paid off my credit card bills? Have I started the college fund for my children?

    LIVING ENVIRONMENT – Is it time to get rid of the stuff in my house that does not bring me joy? Am I ready to down-size, up-size, or right-size? Is it time for me to buy a home or condo?

    PERSONAL GROWTH – Have I discovered my purpose in life? Am I ready to step out of my comfort zone? What does it mean to be my authentic self? Do I want to learn something new?

    HEALTH AND WELLNESS – Am I ready to improve my diet? Why am I not getting enough sleep? What stops me from exercising in all forms – aerobic, strength-training, flexibility, and balance? Are my numbers where they are supposed to be -blood pressure? Hemoglobin A1C?

    COMMUNITY – How can I make my community better? Are there opportunities for me to volunteer? Are there clubs that I have been thinking of joining or forming?

    FAMILY – What is the legacy I want to leave with my children? Do I need to spend more time with my children? Have I shared my stories with the younger generation? Is there a relative I have not spoken to in a while?

    SPIRITUALITY – What is my relationship with God? Am I living my belief? Am I ready to read the Bible, the Koran, or the Torah?

    Although all life dimensions are critical, it is essential to prioritize the dimensions. What are your top three for the year? Get a journal or a notebook and write it down. Snap a picture of what you have written. Look at the picture often. When you feel overwhelmed and unsure whether to say no or yes to something, see if it aligns with your priority. If it does not, the answer is clear.

    I wish you and all who hold your affection a year filled with joy, peace, love, happiness, and good health. Please take some time out for yourself to do some contemplative reflection. The new year provides a time for us to be recharged.

    Happy New Year, and May we accomplish all we want for the New Year!

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