“The key is not to prioritize what is on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
The critical bit here is you must know your priorities to schedule them.
Not: what’s demanding your attention from moment-to-moment, or the pressing thing, or what you want right now because you think it’ll make you feel better/safe/secure/relaxed, but what matters to you – what you want your life to be about.
Oh! Do you know what matters to you?
You probably do, in general terms, but do you know what your priorities look like in six months, or a year, or five years? Those are goals.
What are your goals?
Now you have some work to do, don’t you? You have some serious thinking to do.
Unless, of course, you sit down regularly – by yourself and with the ones you are closest to – and review your values, what you want to preserve, what you want to create in life and create plans to make those things real.