We live in a world filled with possibilities, but most of them will remains possibilities — rather than completed tasks — because there isn't enough time in the day for everything we want to do. In a recent episode of his show, video blogger Ze Frank points out a simple exercise we can perform to help avoid trying to accomplish an impossible number of tasks and simply focus on the stuff that matters to us most.
The episode above briefly mentions the exercise at the 44 second mark and then quickly moves on to another topic. It's easy to miss, but it's a sound idea.
Esentially, what you want to do is make a list of all the things you wish you could do or want to accomplish at some point in the indefinite future. When you're done, immediately run through the list, read each item and consider how it makes you feel. If it feels important, keep it. If you have any doubt about it — even the smallest amount — cross it off.
What you're left with is the stuff you should be concentrating on now. The remaining items are the things that make you happy. Don't worry about crossing something off. It doesn't mean you'll never do it, but that you're going to concentrate on what's important to you right now. Some day you'll make this list again and you may keep an item you crossed off this time around. Use this exercise to focus on what makes you the happiest now.
Chase That Happy [A Show with Ze Frank]