When Life Gets Busy, Focus on a Few Key Habits

By Jackie Coleman and John Coleman

Eight months ago, we welcomed our third child. Given that we’ve written about how to navigate careers, stress, and even annual planning as a couple, you’d think we’d be prepared for wonderful but disruptive life events like these. But as Mike Tyson famously quipped, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

The past year has been a time of radical prioritization for us. We’re constantly optimizing—identifying our most essential priorities and activities while reluctantly and painfully cutting things that are important but not urgent.

Maybe you’re facing a life event that forces this type of radical prioritization. Whether it’s changing jobs, taking ...

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