Wow. This commercial blew me away last night. (Sorry if it’s been running a while, I just saw it…trying to cut back on the tube). This was exactly what I’ve been thinking about with this new generation. The question once again is, am I willing to do the hard work “off the court”, so that I can become legendary on the court? And not that being known is the goal. The goal is to use every once of the ability and talent God has entrusted to us. When we do that God is pleased. I’ve been thinking a lot about what that takes for me; i.e.: how I use my time. Jordan took full advantage of his time…and it paid off. Check out the clip and see if there are areas in your life where you think “it will just happen” with out working on it. I know I was convicted:
Great weekend. Had a great time at church today. We took some friends for the first time and we had a good time. Perry talked about money. Always a scary topic, especially when bringing guests for the first time, but Perry knocked it out of the park. Key take away…God wants us to be generous. He said to visitors that “we don’t need you money. God has paid the bills at New Spring and will continue to do so.” But we are to be generous. It means we take our eyes off of our selves. Tough topic. Great talk.
A new week coming up. Lots going on.
-Our new Free Chain is getting closer. New design. Its going to be sweet.
-Red Salon lunch on Tuesday. Good to catch up with the many amazing friends doing awesome stuff. Daniel, Gabe, Jeff, Greg, Todd, Jennifer and some others will be there. I’m bringing Betsey too. Should be a great time.
-Couple new ideas are getting off the ground. Really excited about those.
-Time to be more efficient with my time. Going to guard my zone this week.
I have become radically passionate over the last year about recycling and trash. We don’t have a recycling bin at our office building, so I have been rinsing out used cans and plastic trays and bringing them back to my house to recycle. It’s probably a couple of cans a week that get saved from the landfill. But over a few years, that’s a lot of cans. And what if I could get those in my office to do the same? That’s a lot more cans. I guess the problem is that we don’t see the immediate value because the impact seems so small. So, does my 3-4 cans a week matter?
I know my answer. What do you think?
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?