How to prioritize when you have too many interests

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Martina Frasca, Copy Editor

Do you love to learn and try new things?

If you’re anything like me, you have too many interests and not enough time to pursue them. Having a lot of interests isn’t always a bad thing, but it can get overwhelming at times. We only have 24 hours in a day and sometimes, we don’t have time to squeeze all of our interests into daily life.

One thing that will help us explore, get things done and not get overwhelmed is taking control and focusing on time management.

To be able to do that, the most important thing to do is prioritize. Prioritizing is putting what’s most important to you at the forefront, which is important in all aspects of life.

Try making a list of the interests and goals you have, then rate them from most to least important and focus on the top of your list first. You can prioritize and make your list in a couple of different ways.

The first way of thinking is focusing on what is going to be more beneficial to you and make a difference helping you where you are now and more so down the road in your life. Is writing something you see yourself doing in the future? Focus on bettering your writing. Are you interested in multiple class electives and don’t know which to put in your schedule first? Maybe take the classes that have to do with your major first like writing before you take an art class.

Another way you can prioritize your interests is by considering what you enjoy the most. Do you love music? Maybe take a class in your instrument of choice. Is basketball your favorite sport? Pick up a ball and make some baskets.

The last way I suggest you prioritize is by thinking about what you have always wanted to try the most. Has a certain hobby you’ve always wanted to tey been on the backburner? If it is something that important to you, then make it your top priority.

Find out what means the most to you and focus on those things first, get those things going, and once you get a handle on time management and pursuing your top priorities, you can bring in some other interests.

Once you practice time management you will find ways to fill gaps of free time with the other interests on your list.