Last week a good buddy of mine said to me…“If you’re as busy as you say you are, how can you get out there for all those two and three hour rides?”. “Priorities, my friend”, was my simple reply.  In essence there are only three main ingredients that fill my days….Family, Cycling, and Work.  If I’m good with those three then I’m doing alright.  This blog contains a little bit of all three categories, so you know it’s definitely up there on my priority list.

Everything else gets done when I have the time, but the only thing on my mind each and every day is making sure that my core priorities get satisfied. But how do I do it?  Well, I’m far from having it all running nice and slick….there are definitely days when I don’t feel that I spent enough time with my family, or felt like I was running around in 10 different directions without really getting anything done.

It’s I’m a work in progress.

But what does seem to work is being totally in the moment.  When I’m working, it gets my full attention.  It’s my goal to spend each and every working moment being productive so that I can accomplish as much as possible during that time.  If I’m with my Family, I need to be 100% with them.  Not checking messages on my phone or computer…and being completely in the moment. When I’m on the bike….it’s all about the bike.

I do find however, that when I’m out cycling my mind is constantly coming up with cool ideas for posts, tweets, and also ideas for my day job as well.  I guess even Einstein knew where to find his inspiration:

I thought of that while riding my bicycle.

– Albert Einstein

I love being in the moment when I’m out riding, but I also really enjoy it when I’m out there and my mind is racing with thoughts.  I often wish I had a voice recorder with me to make sure I remember what I was thinking during a ride.

Us humans are incredible beings….if we push ourselves, there is so much more that we can accomplish.  With clear priorities, good focus, and passion we are able to take on the world.

And win.

  • http://marijolamarche.wordpress mari-jo Lamarche

    I experience the same thing when on my bike: during warm-up, my brain just freezes and then, tons of ideas for blog posts and tweets are bursting out! Sure is a great way to get inspiration but it’s hard to remember everything when I get home!

  • Myrna CG Mibus

    My husband and I have been talking a lot about our priorities so this blog post comes at a good time for me. It’s hard for me to prioritize – but I also know that I feel too busy and don’t even take time to relax and read (and I’m a writer and am supposed to read!). For starters, I’m going to remember to live in the moment like you suggest and I’m going to follow Jim’s suggestion and read the 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity – at quick glance they look helpful.

  • Bryan

    Darryl, great post. In fact, it aligns nicely with a re-ordering that we’ve (my wife and I) did in order to ‘get back to basics’ and make our lives simpler. I’ve spent some time the past few months (even before I left Dallas) thinking about what my priorities should be. For me, personally, they boiled down to family and health.

  • Clive Chapman

    Tempus fugit mate.

    Time is our most valuable commodity and we never realise it until it’s too late…

  • Mike

    You seem to have your priorities in order. That is very good for you. I have also thought that a bike recorder would be a good thing to have with me when I am out on my mountain bike.

  • Andrew

    People always ask if I get bored when I ride for hours and hours alone. I always tell them I would get real bored if the voices in my head didn’t talk so loud.

  • Jim

    Albert Einstein was no dummy.
    The world needs a ‘bike recorder’.
    3rdly, this post reminded me of another… (worth the read)

    • Darryl

      Thanks for supplying the link, Jim. I’m going to have to take a good look around Zen Habits…..seems to have a lot of valuable information.