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<h1>Living according to your hierarchy of values</h1>
<small>2019-10-22</small>
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	My “daily” blog was silent the last four days, because I took my kid on a spontaneous trip to another country.
	<a href="/tp1">No phone</a>.
	No computer.
	I gave him my full attention every day from when he woke me in the morning to when we fell asleep together at night.
	It was great.
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	I thought for a minute about the importance of my commitment to post here daily.
	But nope, <strong>being with him is more important than writing</strong>.
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	Upon returning, I considered heading off by myself on a 10-day trip, balancing writing and exploring another culture.
	But after <a href="/slow">sleeping on it</a>, I realized that no, <strong>writing is more important than exploring</strong>.
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	Once you realize that one value is more important to you than another, <strong>you have to ask yourself if you’re living accordingly</strong>.
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	What’s ultimately more important to you?
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	Learning? Or creating?
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	Money? Or time?
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	Expanding? Or focusing?
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	(… etc.)
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	Once you know which takes top place, consider <a href="/sauna">taking it to an extreme</a>, to its logical conclusion, and <strong>optimizing your entire life around that top priority, letting go of almost everything else</strong>.
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	If the idea sounds unfulfilling, try re-ordering your priorities, and do the thought experiment again.
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	(That’s the subject of my next book, “<a href="/h">How to Live</a>”, which is my top writing priority right now, and so much fun!)
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