Category 2

Things I don't care about & have control over.

An unimportant category that should contain many items.

Contains items of the present or future, not the past.

Deserves your time/energy, but not as much as you likely wish to give.

When category 1 needs more of your time/energy, you will probably provide it from this category because the others (3 & 4) should not have much available time/energy to offer.

Procrastination is a useful tool for items of this category only, so long as it doesn't cause them to later become category 1 or 3.

Many items you first identify as category 1 are actually category 2.

It's wonderful to have control over something but not need to use it. Imagine the opposite, which is category 3.

Master this category first.

Read this book. Then re-read it a year later.

Quote: "Almost universally, when people look back on their lives while on their deathbed, they wish that their priorities had been quite different. With few exceptions, people wish they hadn't "sweated the small stuff" so much. Instead, they wish they had spent more time with the people and activities they truly loved and less time worrying about aspects of life that, upon deeper examination, really don't matter all that much."

Quote: "I've yet to meet a perfectionist whose life was filled with inner peace. The need for perfection and the desire for inner tranquility conflict with each another."



I used to believe that going for a walk along the beach at sunset was a category 1 item; I really like it and it's within my control. However it's actually a category 2 item because there's many other ways of receiving the same benefits. If I moved away from the beach I would miss this item, however I won't hesitate to sacrifice it to achieve a better life such as a great new job a thousand miles inland. I would still be happy. Just because I really like it, look forward to it, enjoy it, do it often, and would miss it if I couldn't do it any more, does not mean I actually care about it.