So, my wife deserves an award. On her day off, she decided to not only clean the entire house, but also to organize all the junk places in the house. She organized my t-shirt drawer, my books (that was an amazing accomplishment) and my work stuff. Not to mention old paper work for taxes. The woman was on fire. And to top it all off, she had dinner ready for me and our two friends!
I was listening to an interview yesterday with Andy Stanley and he mentioned something about how he uses his time. If you’ve been any where near North Point, you know there is some serious amount of effective time usage there. Here’s the takeaway I got: Find the times during the day and week when you are most productive and maximize those times. Guard those time slots with intensity. When are the times when I can get the most done? When are my most creative times? When are the hours when I’m just not there?
I think my most productive hours are in the mornings before 11 and then from 3-6 in the afternoon and usually not at home. Having the option of working from home is great, however, it can be a large distraction. I know for me, it helps tremendously if I get out of the house.
The new goal for the week is to restructure my schedule around those key times. I’ll try and plan all meetings, sales opportunities, phone calls, etc not in my zone times. We’ll see what happens.
When is your zone and what can you do to protect it?
Quick thoughts…I missed the intro, which is usually my favorite part. Was it funny?
1. Ryan is on coke for sure.
2. They’ll some how bring Jan back.
3. Surely Toby isn’t gone…who will Michael make fun of?
4. Jim’s phone call to the security guard was priceless
Wow…life is crazy sometimes. We just got back from small group, which we’ve been meeting for almost a year now, and it is amazing at the stuff that happens to people. Whether it is a sick family member, sudden job issues, or uncertainty about the future, there are those things that happen in life that you can not explain in the moment. We ask why. We question God. We feel alone. And all of this is normal and I’d add, it okay.
The question is not whether you question why things happen, the question is, during the tough and uncertain times, does it make you bitter or better? A great principle I’ve learned (but seldom apply) is that in every situation, you have the opportunity to learn something new, or reinforce something old. In times of uncertainty, or even times of perfect clarity, God will continue to teach us, if we remain open to learning.
So, it’s okay to question when uncertain things happen. If you think its “less spiritual” or “shows a lack of faith” or any other cheesy quotation stuff, then don’t read the Psalms, you’ll be upset. Psalm 143 is an amazing look into David’s heart as he is troubled at his current situation. David questions and begs God for answers. He admits he does not know which way to go, but this does not make him bitter. It forces him to place his trust [verse 8] in God, which in the end will only make him better.
It has been a pretty overwhelming few weeks for me. I’ve been learning, studying and taking in so much. From my time at Q in NYC, to talks with my wife, to today’s sermon at church. I sometimes feel that I’ll never catch up. There’s just too much to learn. There’s too much to grasp. In my quest to become a better husband, a better friend, a better leader, a better communicator, a better writer, a better musician, and a better wii baseball player, I have a hard time dealing with slow growth.
The problem with our world today is that we usually only see those we respect or admire when they are hitting on all cylinders. We watch Tiger win on Sunday, but we didn’t watch him practice all during the week. We listen to our pastor deliver an incredible sermon, but we don’t watch his hours of study time. We watch a couple with a great marriage, but we don’t see all the little things over many years that enable the greatness. The question I have to ask myself is Am I willing to do what it takes to be great in those areas? So what does it take to be great? Time, talent, skill, work, education, knowledge, wisdom, experience? What do you think?