Naval Ravikant on How to Create a Habit

[...] “I don’t have time.”... “I don’t have time” is just another way of saying that something is not a priority. What you really have to do is say if something is a priority or not. If something is your number one priority then you will get it. That’s just the way life works. If you’ve got a fuzzy basket of 10 or 15 different priorities, you’re going to end up getting none of them.
What I did there was I basically just said, “My number one priority in life,
above my happiness, above my family, above my work, is my own health. It
starts with my physical health.” Second, it’s my mental health. Third, it’s my spiritual health. Then it’s my family’s health. Then it’s my family’s wellbeing.
After that, I can go out and do whatever I need to do with the rest of the world.
There’s a series of concentric circles starting out from me. Because my
physical health became my number one priority, then I could never say I don’t
have time. In the morning, I work out and however long it takes is how long
it takes. I do not start my day, and I don’t care if the world is imploding and melting down, it can wait another 30 minutes until I’m done working out.

Excerpt from Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Honesty and More by Farnam Street

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