The main metric is energy

Weekends without plans are often weirdly difficult for me. I'll wake up on a Saturday and grab a habitual bacon and egg sandwich and an iced coffee, but facing the rest of an empty day or two sends me into a downward spiral of decision paralysis. "What's the best way to spend a weekend, right now?" I wonder as the clock ticks time away. 

Luckily, this weekend had one plan - my sister planned to take a drive over to Hoboken with my mom, my niece, and my nephew. Even better was that Hoboken was hosting the St. Ann Italian Festival so we walked around chowing down on sausages and meatballs and Italian ice. Plus, Sabrina, my niece, got her wiggles out, spastically dancing to the classics: 

Kids can be exhausting but as an uncle they give my energy. And as Dilbert creator and blogger, Scott Adams, explains that's the idea when you're presented with the choice of everything else.

We humans want many things: good health, financial freedom, accomplishment, a great social life, love, sex, recreation, travel, family, career, and so on. The problem with all of this wanting is that the time you spend chasing one of those desires is time you can’t spend chasing any of the others. So how do you organize your limited supply of time to get the best result?

The way I approach the problem of multiple priorities is by focusing on just one main metric: my energy. I make choices that maximize my personal energy because that makes it easier to manage all of the other priorities.