“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s,” Greg McKeown wrote in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. “It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing.”
In fact, priority “stayed singular for the next 500 years,” he adds. “Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities.”
Why’s that a problem? Because, as it’s been said, when everything becomes a priority, then nothing is a priority. And, right now, this has never been truer.
Between your daily responsibilities, still reeling from the pandemic, and managing change, it’s understandable that many of us are struggling with our priorities. Thankfully, you can turn to the following 101 quotes to help you get your priorities right.