The Easiest (Kind Of) Way to Prioritize Big Things

If you had only 6 months left to live (and after 6 months from now you’d die), what would you do? How would that knowledge affect to you?

Would you continue working on games? Or at your current work? Would you do all the nice little projects you might have going on? Would you check email so often? Would you spend time browsing the internet so much? Would you spend more time with family, kids, spouse, relatives, friends? Would you travel? What would you do?

I’m not suggesting anybody to decide now to quit their work and run screaming around the city now. Since you probably have more than 6 months time, it’s perhaps better to think stuff in a long run. But with that being said, would you be doing the stuff you now do if you had only 6 months time lef?

If you wouldn’t continue doing the stuff you currently do – then do you think you should consider some sort of prioritizing?

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. (What I wrote is not supposed to be a complete contradiction to what you wrote; merely a tangent thought. The two should paradoxically compliment each other…)

  2. Zen mate. Do not focus on where you WILL be, or what you WILL do. Simply work, now, and enjoy the pleasure of the work. The accomplishments will follow. Don’t wonder what you would do if you only had six months to live. Do what’ you would do if you only had weeks to live; or days, or seconds. The time frame is irrelevant. If you are not accomplishing, it’s more a product of your not working as you should.

    Mostly; take please in the process, not just the achievements.

  3. Another approach is to say where do you want to be in 6 months (and a 1,3,5,10 years etc) and make sure that you only do things that move you towards that goal.

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