It’s useful to think of your priorities in terms of concentric circles, like an archery target. In the center is your highest priority: you. If you ruin yourself, you want be able to work on any other priorities. So taking care of your own health is job one.
The next ring – and your second-biggest priority – is economics. That includes your job, your investments, and even your house. You might wince at the fact that I put economics ahead of your family, your friends, and the rest of the world, but there’s a reason. If you don’t get your personal financial engine working right, you place a burden on everyone from your family to the country.
Once you are both healthy and financially sound, it’s time for the third ring: family, friends and lovers. Good health and sufficient money are necessary for a base level of happiness, but you need to be right with your family friends, and romantic partners to truly enjoy life.
The next rings are your local community, your country and the world, in that order. Don’t bother trying to fix the world until you get the inner circles of your priorities under control.
The problem, of course, with my neat little model of priorities is that life is never that simple…