The last couple of days, I have been focusing on ridding myself of excess distractions that may be keeping me from accomplishing what I am supposed to accomplish. This is not as simple as it sounds. On an hourly basis, I am afforded the opportunity to spend time doing either meaningless and purposeless tasks or meaningful and purposeful activities. The trouble is, sometimes they are difficult to distinguish one from another. As a result, I find myself doing a bunch of things poorly and few things well.
What is the difference between good and bad when it comes to my activities? Let’s start with the positive…
What I am supposed to be doing (in general terms):
Loving my family.
Investing in the lives of people I care about.
Fulfilling my God-given calling.
Improving my commitment as a Christian and my abilities as a leader.
Now the negative slant…
What I am not suppose to be doing (also in general terms):
Trying to be the Messiah.
Micromanaging the entire world (or even my little part of it).
Getting pulled off course by well-meaning but misguided individuals.
Trying to make everyone happy.
When in the middle of my busy day, it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between what I should do and what I should ignore. How do I know if this phone call is a diversion from my actual responsibilities? Am I the one who is supposed to address/solve this problem? Is the time I am spending with this cause going to have a good return? Is it required that I be accessible to anyone and everyone who expects me to be?
Right or wrong, I am trying to minimize. I want to reduce the time I spend wasting time. I want to be productive with my resources and time is the most valuable resource that I possess.
My goal is to be able to say “no” when I should. The way I figure it, there is always a drift toward over-commitment and over-involvement. If I err on the side of minimalization, I will in all probability, drift back to center and before long, back to the side of saying “yes” too much. Then I will get frustrated and the process will start all over again.
But for right now, I want to do a better job at fewer things. Make sense?