Focus on the most important things

Where Are Your Priorities At?

It’s been nothing but business for me lately. 

If I’m not working, I’m writing. If I’m not writing, I’m researching. And if I’m not researching, well…  I’m probably sleeping

When I’m sitting idle, I feel like I’m wasting time. There’s always something I could be doing, like:

  • creating a landing page and an offer to boost subscribers to the Diary of Davis newsletter

  • Rebooting Your Daily Dose of D with new video content—if I go live on Facebook every Saturday or Sunday morning, would you join me?

  • adding to the fantasy novel I’m co-writing with my cousin, or editing our current chapters and plot lines

  • getting a headstart on projects at work and time blocking my calendar with the most important to-dos 

The list goes on and on. 

The problem with doing nothing but work is I’m not focusing on the other aspects of my life: my relationships, my health, and my hobbies. 

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve worked through my lunch (I bet I’m not alone on that one); I haven’t been fishing since June 2020, and I rarely play guitar anymore; and the pandemic aside, I’m more disconnected from my friends and family than I’ve ever been. 

At least it feels that way.

Because right now, it’s business before pleasure.

Photo by Ryan Stone

The blurred lines of modern life

The lines between our personal lives, jobs, and ambitions are crisscrossing like never before – especially for those of us working from home. 

Managing your time accordingly is a weighty task, to say the least, and it’s so easy to get caught up in one area or lose focus in another. So, today’s post is really just to remind myself of this: 

You and your personal relationships are more important than your career or entrepreneurial dreams. 

Or perhaps Tyler Durden can say it better.

“You are not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis.” 

However, you’re not the all singing, dancing crap of the world either – you are what you make yourself. 

And the only way to make yourself great, is to get your priorities straight. 

We can’t get very far without the support of our family and friends. Nor is it possible to lead a happy life without health and mental wellness; while eating properly and enjoying simple pleasures are what afford us the latter. 

That’s why the goals I have for March are: 

  1. putting my girlfriend before my blog; 
  2. eating three proper meals a day; and
  3. getting outside on the weekends.

The ideal work-life balance doesn’t exist – not in today’s society. But we owe it to ourselves to set the scales as best we can. 

So, I have to ask: where are your priorities at?

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