Redeeming the Time
Why do we spend time and energy on unimportant things?
Some days, long before I've completed all the priorities on my daily to-do list, I find myself distracted by trifles. Does this happen to you? Why do we spend our precious time on things that don't really matter?
Maybe we're unconsciously waiting for the universe to approve our priorities. Though I was raised to ask for permission before making any decisions, I’m retraining myself to be bolder. With each passing birthday, I realize no one will give me permission to be who I need to be or do what I need to do.
Maybe we just succumb to the siren call of busywork. Rather than focus on a meatier task, we clean out our inboxes or run errands. Some people might nitpick about nonsense so they can ignore the daunting problems that need their attention. Before we realize it, we’ve forgotten that the challenge is to stay focused, not to stay busy.
Maybe we're stretched too thin, trying to squeeze too much into 16 waking hours. My daily to-do lists can look like this: clean my apartment, cook a gourmet feast, run errands, exercise, work a full-time job, help a friend figure out her love life, and oh yeah, finish that important personal project. Any chance I'll get all that done in a day?
Staying focused isn’t about prioritizing a list, it’s about prioritizing our lives. So, tomorrow’s list will have this header: The Days are Long, but the Years are Short.* Hopefully, remembering that time is fleeting and finite will help me spend more time on the important things.
* Quote attributed to Gretchen Rubin