Give Me the Simple Life: Priorities


Simplicity guru Elaine St. James believes no one can maintain more than three priorities. Yep, that’s right . . .  only three! “If you have a job you care about, that’s a priority. If you have a family, that’s a priority. Which leaves one more. Maybe it’s staying in shape, maybe it’s volunteering at your church—but that’s it. Most people understand this intuitively. But they keep overcommitting themselves and overcomplicating their lives.”

Think that’s true? And if so, what are your three priorities?


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Kathleen Berman says:

    I don’t exactly agree. First, 3 is an arbitrary number. And, it is a old trick of the the writing trade when writing that kind of article. (Three foods you must avoid during the holidays! Five ways to generate positive public relations! And, on and on…) That said, perhaps when you are learning to adopt a lifestyle change or make an addition to the pattern of your life some people might want to limit the number of changes they are making. And, if one of these lifestyle changes becomes incorporated into the fabric of the person, then it need not remain a priority: it is part of that person. Say, for example, someone wanted to eat healthier food and include more vegetables and fresh fruits. It might have to be a priority to think that way for a while, but if, after a while, it becomes a part of the person then it is not something they even think about at all.