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  • Writer's pictureKarl Walker-Finch


Time and time again I keep coming back to quotes from James Clear and this one that landed in my inbox got me again.

In the long-run, prioritization beats efficiency

James Clear

Couple that with Oliver Burkeman's Four Thousand Weeks which I blogged about a couple of months ago and what you have is a very clear structure to follow.

We can't do everything, even if we're working with maximal efficiency, so we had better start picking the few things that are most important and just do them.

Once we're only doing the most important things, the next problem is to consider how we're going to keep growing which leads to another question.

What, in all these important top priorities is it that I'm going to give up to allow me to take the next opportunity that comes along?

In order to fit something new in, something old has to be sacrificed.

In the last month or two, I've sacrificed a lot of time that I'd like to have spent finishing off my book, to making sure the practice runs ok whilst maintaining my mental and physical wellbeing.

Health and family are always the top priority, for me they have to be, without them everything else seems meaningless to me, so everything else is going to have to fit in around that.

Everyone will have their own priorities and everyone’s priorities will change over a lifetime. I've set my own stall out and right now, that means I'm not getting everything done that I want to, but that's just the way things are right now.

Trying to constantly work more efficiently will always have a limit just as you only get the same 24 hours as everyone else in a day.

Every choice to do anything is a choice to sacrifice everything else.

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