The day we’ve been dreading has finally arrived. It’s here and we don’t know what to do with it. Do we run and hide? Or do we succumb to its pressure and surrender? What to do, what to do, what to do... What day is it?
It’s the day when LIFE GOES BACK TO NORMAL AFTER HOLY WEEK!
That’s right. We’re now midway through the week after Easter and life is back in full swing. Back to work... back to meetings... back to traffic... back to posting pictures of your breakfast on Facebook and Twitter... you know, the normal routine. Read More
Take it from me – a recovering workaholic – WORKING HARDER IS NOT THE ANSWER! We all have things in our life that we want to change – bad habits that we want to get rid of, or good habits that we want to incorporate into our lives. And most of us think about those changes in terms of effort – I need to work harder to accomplish _________.
Well, I know this might sound strange but believe it or not sometimes working harder is actually counter-productive and takes us further away from our goal, not closer to it. Read More
It's official... MY SUMMER IS OVER! Today marked the first day of the new school year. Got the uniforms out last night, packed the lunches this morning, and just dropped off the kids a little bit ago. Halleluiah! I’ve been waiting for this day.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy my summers. Trust me – no one enjoys a little rest & relaxation more than me. Summers are great because of the time we get to spend together as a family – not doing homework or rushing to get dressed for school – but just hanging out and playing cards or throwing a baseball or relaxing at the pool.
This summer was especially eventful as both my kids learned how to swim (that meant many trips to the pool) and both also learned how to ride their bikes (that meant many hours of running down the street while hunched over in the most uncomfortable position known to man).
So why then am I so eager for summers to end then?
A simple concept that will transform your life – if you learn to live by it daily. No one other concept is more important to the idea of “time management,” and more importantly “life management,” than this.
Here is a video by Dr. Stephen Covey which illustrates the concept of BIG ROCKS FIRST. The video is about 6 minutes long but trust me, it's well worth watching. The visual illustration is much more powerful than any words can say and it will stick much longer too.
After you watch the video, consider what are the BIG ROCKS in your life? Part of living intentionally means realizing that not all tasks were created equal. The appropriate question to ask is not “did I get stuff done today?” but rather “did I get the important stuff done today?” Like I said yesterday, the issue isn’t working harder; the issue is how to work smarter and focus on the important tasks that really need my attention. Read More