Writer Merlin Mann, of 43 Folders fame, gave an interesting talk at work the other day. It was all about priorities and he had two main points:

  • priorities are observed, not manufactured
  • priorities are a product of care and sacrifice

His first point is that something doesn’t become a priority just because you say it’s one. If something is a priority in your life, you’ll know it. How will you know? Because you both care about it and you make sacrifices for it.

Applying this to my own life, I can see how much of a priority Dyson has become since he was born. I make sacrifices for him (hanging out with friends, playing video games, iPhone development time, but mostly sleeeeeep) and I do it because I love him and I want to be there for him as he grows up.

So what are the priorities in your life? What do you care about and what do you sacrifice?

One Response to “Priorities”

  1. Judi Says:

    Priorities are difficult at best. My health no longer allows me a ‘normal life’ so everything gets prioritized. There simply isn’t enough time and energy in a 24 hour period to do what I want to do, and too often, do what I need to do. But making time for those individuals who are a part of my daily life remains number one. I can always slide by on a little less sleep from time to time, if it means spending a little more time with the ones I love.