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I’m not a fast reader. It typically takes me like 2 years to finish a book and so, I prefer articles. This year, I decided to do more reading, as I discovered it was one of my happiness triggers. It’s also a major wisdom trigger.

Kindle’s reading insights say I now read an average of 5 days a week. What changed? I came across an interesting book by Gordon MacDonald called Ordering Your Private World. It changed how I prioritise things.

According to the book, one of the greatest limitations to fulfillment and achievement, is a lack of discipline. But discipline in this context, isn’t about failing to complete daily tasks. Rather, if you list the things that are most important to you; the things that are core, discipline is how many of those things you focus on each day. Because humans have limited time on earth, the most undisciplined people are those who keep chasing tasks and activities to the detriment of what’s truly important.

Nowadays, I have a list of priorities I call: 1 song, 1 chapter, 1 conversation, 1 episode and 1 mindful moment. (I wrote about them here.)

My core includes creativity, relationships and peace. It is from those things that I derive the wisdom, direction and fuel to accomplish everything else, including work.

My core includes creativity, relationships and peace. It is from those things that I derive the fuel to accomplish everything else. Click To Tweet