Slow Down And Don’t Ruin This

“How tragic it is to find that an entire lifetime is wasted in pursuit of distractions while purpose is neglected.” ― Sunday Adelaja

I had no clue that much of what I prayed for would come at one time. Opportunities, influence, good credit, a healthier mind and body, more spiritual awareness. I almost wasn’t ready. But then I slowed down/cut out everything else that wasn’t necessary and I worked to prepare myself at the same time that these blessings were showing up. Because what wasn’t going to happen was me being able to say “Wait, I’m not ready. Come back in 6 months, please. Thanks, God.”

It’s not that there isn’t enough time in the day. It’s that we aren’t using the time we have effectively. Every single second counts, which is why rushing isn’t always a great decision. If I’m bouncing back and forth between the living room and the bedroom in the morning because I didn’t slow down to think about what I really needed to get from the living room, I’m doing myself a disservice. Sure, I only spent 90 seconds actually in the living room but how much time did I waste walking back and forth? Or putting down what I was doing in the bedroom to recommence something in the living room?

That appears to be a pointless example but it is indicative of what we do every day. Those 90 seconds could allow me to catch a stop light on the way out of my neighborhood, resulting in me missing a huge traffic jam that would’ve made me 40 minutes late to an 8:30 meeting. Every single second counts.

What if, at the end of each night, we planned what the next day needs to look like in 30 minute increments? You know when you need to do tasks that require the most brain power and you know when you can waste an hour doing mindless tasks like cleaning out your e-mail inbox (NOTE TO SELF: SET ASIDE AN HOUR FOR THIS TOMORROW). And you’ll rarely make everything happen perfectly, but the structure is what matters. It serves as a guide for what you ought to be doing.

Life is all about maximizing time. It’s ok to take breaks. There’s nothing wrong with napping. But invest the time required on the front end to be your most productive self throughout the day. Time is the one thing we can never get back so we have to make the most of it.

Make being intentional a priority.


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