How can one focus their life? I’ve often heard this advice: “Live as though today is your last day”. On one level, I find it helpful, on another I find it lacking. If today were truly my last day, I would spend it radically different – not just because of a change in priority, but rather a shortage of time.
I think it might be more helpful to ask, “How would I live my life, if I just had one more year (or some other prescribed period)?” In that context, I am able to prioritize more effectively. I find it helpful to think in 50 year increments, but to do so, with a constant awareness that the next moment is never guaranteed. Good wine does not taste better because you drink it faster.