Do what’s important and not just what’s urgent

I just read Yeon Sik Hong’s Uncomfortably Happily and thought this was a good pointer.

What’s important to me? How can I do more of it? What does it look like if I prioritize it?

SIDETRACKED BY DAILY LIFE’S URGENT SMALLER TASKS

It’s easy to get caught up in the urgency of everyday tasks and projects and lose track of the bigger picture. What are my real priorities? What’s really important to me? At the end of my life, when I look back at my life, how would I have liked to live it? What would I have liked to bring into life?

TWO KINDS OF PRIORITIES: REVEALED BY MY LIFE & WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO ME

When I look at my priorities, I find they come in two kinds.

One is revealed in my daily life. What do I spend time and energy on? My life reveals the priorities I live by. It can be sobering to look at this, and it’s important.

Another kind is revealed by exploring my dreams and wishes, what I genuinely value, my inner guidance, and so on. What’s more important to me than what I spend time on in daily life? How would my life be if I spent more time on what I really value? How can I bring it into my life, even in small ways?

SUPPORTING THE PROCESS

Several things can support this process: Examine the gap between these two kinds of priorities and bring it into awareness. Clarify my more real priorities. Finding an accountability buddy I can share daily updates with. Make small changes and make them into a new habit. Examine my fears and stressful beliefs that keep me to the first kind and away from the second.

FINDING THE ESSENTIALS

One of the ways to explore this is an inquiry from Adyashanti.

I take anything I am drawn to or want in my life, even if it’s something as simple as eating ice cream.

What do I hope to get out of that? I keep asking that question of what comes up until I find the most essential. What I find is something universal and simple. For instance, love, safety, being seen and understood, and so on.

What are some ways I can bring that more into my life?


INITIAL DRAFT

I just read Yeon Sik Hong’s Uncomfortably Happily and thought this was a good pointer.

It’s easy to get caught up in the urgency of everyday tasks and projects and lose track of what’s more important. What are our real priorities? At the end of our life, and when we look back at our life, how would we have liked to live it? What would we have liked to bring to life?

What’s important to us? There are two answers to this question.

One is that it’s revealed in what we spend energy and time on. That’s the sobering answer. Our life reveals the priorities we live by.

Another layer is revealed by exploring our dreams and wishes, what we genuinely value, our inner guidance, and so on. What’s more important to us than much of what we spend our time on in daily life? How can I bring it more into my life, even in small ways? This can get lost in the business of daily life, and it can be sidelined by unexamined fears and unquestioned beliefs and identities.

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