Let’s face it: life is busy. I don’t just mean that there’s a lot to do. I mean if you don’t duck fast enough, your over committed life will smack you. In our personal lives, my wife and I have found ourselves asking this question a ton. It’s obviously a lesson we are in the process of learning.
In the midst of complete insanity in my practice with being busier than ever and undergoing some key staff changes to prepare us for more growth, and tons of home projects (that admittedly could have been timed differently), I started blocking off four hours per week to invest in my growth. That sounds reasonable until you hear what I’ve been doing with these four hours. Thinking. That’s it. I’ve been spending one half of a day when I nearly haven’t had time to breath to do nothing but think and journal my thoughts.
This came on the recommendation of one of my coaches, Daniel Tardy at Dave Ramsey’s Organization. During this time, I’ve been asking a critical question, “What is the absolute best, most impactful use of my time right now?” This has helped me say, “No” to several important but nonessential things, and I’m just getting started.
My time alone, unplugged with no electronics, no phone calls, no interruptions, no conversation, and nothing but my thoughts to fill time is uncomfortable and incredibly invigoration at the same time. Since I’ve only been doing this for a couple weeks, I will write more on this later, as I have more to say about it.
The question and the freedom I am experiencing are inspired by a book that’s literally changed my life. The must-read book is, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. I would encourage you to read it and implement this in your life. It will make a tremendous difference and will help you be more effective at what you’re actually called to do, not what everyone else is putting on you.
What are some things you’re doing right now that you could eliminate so you could focus on doing only your most impactful activities?