I guess I’ve always been pretty good at getting things done and using my time well. There are so many things I’ve missed with the time wasters though – frittered it away, as the saying goes. I want to keep doing meaningful things with meaningful people. Don Miller pointed out in the Storyline study I’ve been covering the last couple of days there are three critical things to staying productive:
I use the word AIM to help me remember.
1. A. Attend (focus on one thing at a time. Don’t get too scattered with moving from one thing to another quickly.)
2. I. Inhibit distractions (these come in many and various ways and can really derail the good work you are doing.)
3. M. Memory (keep reminding yourself throughout the day what the focus of your work is. Take the necessary breaks to rest and recreate but keep focused on the project and priority.)
One of my roles is to keep my life plan clearly in focus in everything I do. I hear a lot of people talking about retiring from their job so they can do this or that. But honestly wouldn’t it be great to never want to retire because you love what you do so much? The great theologian Dwight L. Moody once said, “Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” It really is about purpose and passion that drives us to do meaningful things that keep us attentive to life. As I keep telling people – don’t retire – re-fire.
This of course should begin early in life but at times we find ourselves doing a “job.” In this case I’m talking about something that we don’t like all that much but pays the bills. I’ll have more to say about that tomorrow.