#82: Ruthless Prioritization
Prioritization arises not from choice, but from not having it
Humans are naturally gifted prioritizers. I don’t prioritize that which is good for me, but that which I truly desire. If I am hungry, I will find a way to get food. If I have a deadline I care about, I’ll move mountains. If I am “procrastinating”, I am actually doing that which is a priority for me at the moment.
Now, my natural ability is hijacked by distractions and distractors that confuse me with the complexity of abundance. The world is compounding in its sophistication, thus calling for more sophisticated prioritization. On the other side, external agents such as schools, and jobs seem to have figured out how to tap into our natural talent: they get us to effectively do what they want.
Prioritization arises not from choice, but from not having it. The success of my prioritization arises from the extent to which I can engineer an environment, a context, a circumstance with the necessary conditions to awaken my natural prioritization skills. I have heaps of books, and I don’t know how to choose one to read. So I learn to ask myself: