Essential over Urgent

TheEssential should take priority over the immediate. And yet, we often allow ourselves and feel driven to do the opposite. There are many reasons we could point to for the cause— we didn’t sleep well last night, we are distracted by pain or distracted by shiny things, etc.

What’s easier: answering a few emails and clearing out your inbox or working on your app?

What’s more appealing: watching Netflix or sweating at the gym?

What’s more exciting: going out for drinks or putting your butt in seat and writing?

The essential takes more time, energy, and intention. No wonder we struggle to get anything important done!

We trade short-term pleasures for long-term success and happiness. Not that we have to give up happiness in the present to have it in the future.

Rather, happiness comes from the process of spending our time and energy in ways that we love and find meaningful.

Even an ounce of effort spent on what we love creates massive returns on the rest of our effort (which we might have to give to our other responsibilities, such as working to afford food for our family).

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1824

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