I recently read the book the 4 hour work week. Great thoughts on simplifying your personal and professional life and focusing on what is really important. I couldn’t help but feel like a rat on a wheel while reading it but good things happened afterward. I started by applying some of the principles to my personal life. I sat down and pondered what things do I most desire during the day. Essentially I was prioritizing. I started out by making a list of about 20 all along knowing that it would be impossible to accomplish all 20 in one day. I had to get deeper into the issue. I asked my self, “which of these things are essential to my happiness?” I finally paired it down to 5 things which I now share.
1. Time with God.
2. Time with family.
1 and 2 are a no brainer. If I don’t pray and spend time with my family particularly quality alone time with all 3 ( my God, my wife, and my Son) I have a miserable day. 1 and 2 are the things that are “Must do’s”. I must do them or I shouldn’t go to sleep. Once 1 and 2 are accomplished, or at least planned for, I can move on to 3 through 5.
If I lay down in bed and I have been able to accomplish 1 through 5 then I sleep well and satisfied. What are the things that are essential to your happiness?
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization at