Knowing how important and urgent an item is will enable you to decide how to plan your day.
Take exercise as an example. For most people exercise is important, yet very few people actually make regular time for it. Why? More often than not, there is no real sense of urgency associated with it.
In fact, even the thought of doing it, causes us to shudder because we feel very comfortable with where we are right now. We find it hard to project into the future to how we will feel after the exercise, and instead indulge our comfortable feeling in the moment (as I learned from a great friend and marathon runner).
The only way to combat this state of reactivity is to bring yourself to a higher consciousness. By this I do not mean to channel a spiritual being or a higher self, but to make a decision to be more aware of your state; your physical and mental being.
You are not a victim of your life; you have choice in every single moment. Like it or not, you choose how to spend your minutes, your hours and ultimately your life.
Make sure the choices you are making are good ones.