Pedro writes, “There is a lot going in my life, as you can imagine, with someone who has two kids and a job as an attorney. I am trying to do the best that I can but it does become a bit overwhelming from time to time. I am able to do most things but still several fall through the cracks, making me or someone else unhappy. How can I prioritize so that the most important things get done but I am still able to make sure that the less important ones are not ignored?”
I agree with you on balance, which has been my mantra for many years now. I use this in spending money, for example. Yes, I need to save for retirement and emergencies, but I also spend it on travel and other things that I like to do. I do the same with my time. Yes, work is important (I need it to pay my bills) but I also like to just take it easy doing nothing or reading a book or watching celebrities.
The key to prioritization is:
Essentials: Things that you need to do to make a living or for the sake of your kids and other loved ones.