In my home office, I've created a little metaphor to help me think about these two insights. I tend to be a relatively secular yogi, but I've felt called to create a priorities shrine above my desk. I have gathered the following: a little note card with a picture of a typewriter that says "write on" beneath it (my scholarship); an image of two silly rabbits with orange noses gazing lovingly at each other (my marriage); and a list of yoga's 8 limbs. When I walk into my office, when I sit down at my desk, I am reminded about what I most care about.
Having this here makes it easier to say "no" to other things when I open my email. And when I sit down to work, it also helps me remember what should go first each day.
You'll notice that I only have three items on my shrine. One negative tendency certain among us may feel is that everything is a priority. But the truth of the matter is, when everything becomes a priority, that actually means that nothing really is. Now, I love teaching and find it meaningful--but is it my top priority? The answer is no. That doesn't mean that I don't care about it, but it doesn't go on the shrine. To get really weird with the metaphor--it's not the thing for which I am willing to sacrifice the other parts of my life.
You'll see that I have a little candle and a little crystal beneath my shrine. These are all just ways of drawing my attention to my priorities. As an added benefit, I found that having my little shrine inspires me to keep a cleaner desk!
I've sound that the visual metaphor of my priorities is a daily inspiration, rather than a daily nag. It makes daily work feel a little more creative and meaningful, rather than a grind of to dos--part of transfering "have tos" into "want tos" and making daily practice part of a life's meaningful work.