Imagine with me a beautiful Spring evening. The smell of ignited charcoal mixed with the sweet aroma of spice rub marinating the air. I was there, just a few years ago, breaking in my brand new BBQ grill with two meaty racks of pork ribs. After preparing everything I put the ribs on the grill and then noticed something… I was running out of time.
In a hurry I left the ribs in the grill and started gathering the other items that needed to be cooked. I put together all of the little things like the small potatoes, drinks, and even the table cloth. People began showing up and in an instant I was distracted. You can probably guess what happened next. I slowly walked outside, heard the roar of the fire inside the grill, and knew immediately that I had completely burned the most important part of the meal. All because I was distracted.
Do you ever get distracted? Do you ever find yourself completely burning the most important things in your life because you were so focused on the other things?
A few weeks later I was confronted with a similar experience, but this time it was at work. I had distracted myself with so many little things that I didn’t finish the most important thing. Then, a day or so later, it happened again. Except this time I was spending so much time on Facebook that I missed a huge opportunity to finish an assignment for school. This happened over and over again until, one day, I had enough. I began estimating all the time I had been burning. Let’s just say it was as embarrassing as the time I burned the Macaroni and Cheese because I was distracted by a TV commercial (true story).
Here’s what I learned from that season of life: The simple act of paying attention to what matters most will keep you from burning your time.
Over the next few blog posts I am going to unpack this statement by going over:
- How to identify what is most essential in your life.
- Rethinking self-management v.s. time-management.
- Learning to say no, even to good things, so you can say yes to the best things.
- Living out each day with the last day in mind.
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