(What’s the PRIORITY) Morning Glory?

“It is better to pick the wrong priority that none at all.” -Peter Drucker

“The majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.” -Gary Keller

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” – Greg Mckeown, book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less

What’s the story morning glory
Well
(You) need a little time to wake up
Wake up well
What’s the story morning glory
Well
Need a little time to wake up
Wake up
-“Morning Glory”, song by Oasis

The word priority came into the English language around the 15th century. It’s derived from the Latin prioritas, meaning “first in rank, order, or dignity.” There can only be one first thing—one priority.

It’s thanks to the Industrial Revolution and the massive leap in productivity that we can even think about having multiple priorities. As this article states, the plural form didn’t even exist until about a hundred years ago. Prior to this, you didn’t have time to focus on more than one thing. Things took too long. And if you go way, way back to prehistoric times…if you’re not focused on one thing, namely survival, you starve or get eaten by a saber tooth tiger.

It’s a blessing to be able to do multiple things. But if you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed and with an endless to do list, it might be time to simplify. Time to ask yourself, “what is my first and only priority.”

And if you have trouble answering, remember the magic focusing question. It comes courtesy of Gary Keller from his book “The ONE Thing”. “What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

P.S. – Relax and have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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