You Really Need to Sort Out Your Priorities

By Katie Corbett

In the craziness of daily life, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Between work, school, family life, friends and all the other responsibilities that come with adulting, it can be a struggle to get back to what is really important. In “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, I found a tip that changed the way I think about my life and the tasks I need to accomplish each day. It goes something like this:

If someone said you only could work for two more hours, and after that you needed to stop everything and recover from a fatal illness, what would you get done in those two hours? Put another way, if someone held a gun to your head and told you that you could only do two things that day, what would you do?

I know these are extreme questions, but sometimes getting extreme is enough to make you pause and really think about the answers. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I like to stop and ponder those two questions. That way, no matter what else happens that day, I’ll know I’ve accomplished the two things—or the two hours of work—that really needed to get done.

I have a long to-do list today, but I know that I absolutely had to write this blog post and I’m planning to make some phone calls as soon as I’ve finished writing it. So if the world ended, or I got stuck in traffic, or my computer crashed, I will have at least gotten those two things done. To me, that’s worth it—not to mention a lot less stressful.

So, what two things do you absolutely need to get done today? What would you do if you could only work for two more hours?

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