When I open a new window or tab in my browser, instead of a starting page, there is a single question:
What is important right now?
Some days, it helps me focus on my work and stop procrastinating. Some days, it reminds me to step away from the computer and do something else for a while. Yesterday, when I woke up with a terrible fever, the obvious answer was rest, and for once, I listened, even though a deadline was approaching.
Ever since I finished the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown a few weeks ago, I have been asking myself this question over and over again. It helps me pause and realize what really matters in all sorts of situations: before starting a new task; before saying yes to a new job; before spending money on new things. Being aware that I always have a choice, I can choose to spend my time, energy and money on fewer but more meaningful things.
What is important to you right now?