Our decisions generally reveal our priorities. When we don't have an answer to what we want, we find ourselves in a mess. We want a higher degree, and at the same time we want a good career; again somewhere we hold that keen desire to invest. There is a family that we have to look after, and again we have a bucket list to fulfill.

There are influencing factors that again redefine our priorities - be it the social media, friends' circle or colleagues who work with us. Priorities are not all born, they get adapted, too.

Communication can be an inborn priority, but a branded phone is an adapted priority, a consequence of influences around us.

There is nothing wrong with setting priorities. But, one reason why we get messed up is that we fail to balance the same priorities. What should be our priority - relationship, career, academics or financial well-being? And, at the time of setting our priorities, where we lag is the compromise that we make to achieve them.

We can't have it both ways. It's okay to prefer iOs devices if they fall under our priority. But it should not be limited to them alone.

There has to be mental preparation that Android will be avoided or compromised for the same. Because achievement comes with a compromise - that topper in the class has compromised all the adventures and fun that the last bencher enjoys.

Achievement is not easy, there are some compromises that have to be pre-calculated.

Stephen Covey correctly stated that the key is not to prioritise what is on your schedule but rather to schedule the priorities.

There might be a lot of stuff on us, and we often get confused.

But the truth is that we always find a way to do the things which matter the most to us. Mahatma Gandhi correctly stated that priorities lie in our actions.

The biggest problem that we face is with messed-up priorities.

We start our venture and give up too soon before it even gains shape.

That is, we set a priority, work on it and give up because we then realise we have other important priorities.

Balancing family life, career and the social image itself is a big challenge at one point. But when other things emerge, the complication begins.

For the same ten million bucks, we have to decide whether to spend on stocks, buy a car, invest in land or take an international tour. We are confused.

Setting priorities is important, but planning priorities and a defining way to achieve them with the limited resources is equally important.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 14, 2022, of The Himalayan Times