About a month ago, I put a survey on the right side of this blog. The survey asked..."What is your greatest struggle"? To my surprise...it was "time management". I'm not sure why this was a surprise for me....but it really was. I thought maybe some others might be where the majority of us struggle. But wow...time management is the biggest area of struggle to those of you that participated in the survey.
In 1967, Charles Hummel wrote a book called "The Tyranny of the Urgent". (For those book lovers out there...you should check it out). In his book though... Hummel said, it is not so much a shortage of time as a problem of priorities. Or, as a cotton mill manager once told him, "Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important."
What urgent things crowd out your important things? Look at your life like a jar. It begins every day empty....ready to be filled with the important things....and the "stuff of life". You know...literally, you can get more rocks and sand in a jar....if you put the big rocks in first...then once the biggest things are in and set...then all the little grains of sand will filter through and fill the crevasses left open by the big rocks.
I leave you with a question....What are YOUR priorities....the most important things in your life? Set these things in place first...daily. Then when the "stuff of life" creeps in to steal your time...you will know what to give priority to. Set priorities...I believe this is HUGE in helping you with time management of your day. You will know what to say "no" to, and what to say "yes" to. Too many of us try to do everything...and we just can't! And it is OK to say NO! If it doesn't line up in your list of priorities....then don't give it the prominence it is demanding. The "urgent" things in life try to do that....but we have to learn what we can...and can't do. Don't let the "stuff of life" steal your time! Set priorities...and live by them daily!!!
On another note....don't forget to read my post below. I don't usually post two days in a row. I want to leave enough time for everyone to read my posts. But yesterday I shared something that I think many of you would like. Check it out!!! Now...go and have a GREAT day and remember... don't let the urgent, crowd out your important!!!