A Brief Thought on Priorities

Think not so much of what you lack as what you have: but of the things that you have, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

A mental stretch from the daily grind

Sometimes it’s good to take a moment out of our busy lives to see how things are going. To do a mental stretch to see what’s happening.  During this time, we should be taking time to look at our daily lives and see what we are spending time on: cleaning email inbox, daily mindless actions, “autopilot” through the day (I’m guilty of this sometimes), spending time on social media, or watching television (I’m looking at you Netflix). 

Those who choose to have no real purpose in life are ever rootless and dissatisfied

– Seneca, Shortness of Life

Evaluating your actions and setting priorities

When listing at our actions and what time we’re devoting to them, we end up looking at are the things we are prioritizing. 

We often think of priorities as the really important things we need to do.  When looking at our daily lives, they tend to really be the actions we devote most of our time and attention. 

So instead, I challenge you to take a look your actions on a weekly basis (using an electronic calendar helps).  See how much time you give them. 

Do you consider the actions with the most time as your priorities? If so, then you’re on the right track.  If you don’t, then what you’re looking at your real priorities.  This would be the time we look to see how we can shift our actions around.  This is so we can give the most time to the most important things.

Final Thought

Your priorities should be the things you need to do each day, the little steps you’ve designed in helping you achieve your vision.