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 for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.