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You’ve got to know the big rocks from the little ones.
Okay, kind of a weird statement to start this blog entry, but this odd phrase is the key to effectively managing your life.
What is really the most important stuff in your day? I mean really? I’m not talking about the things others want to make important, but what is most important to you? Too many people live in other people’s crises or get bogged down by the latest gossip and the worries it brings. Many times an entire day can get derailed by something that wouldn’t look that important if you’d just take a step back and look again.
Loving your wife? Now that’s important. Don’t miss a day of doing that!
Spending time with your kids? Yeah, keep that one at the top of the list too. Few things can give life greater meaning than the relationships you share with your sons and daughters.
Listening to God? I’m amazed at how many people say they don’t have time for that each day! Really? You almost have to not understand who He is to think you’d want to miss a day of connecting with His wisdom for your life.
Get the job done? That should make the list too. Serving well in the workplace not only makes you valuable to the boss, but it demonstrates the character of your life and reinforces the best things about you.
Okay, so there’s four big rocks. Now there’s a bunch of little rocks that can make your day fun too. Time spent with friends, maybe some exercise (sorry), and a few minutes with that favorite hobby come to mind. But these are little rocks, and if you’re going to get everything important accomplished today, you need to add the little rocks AFTER you get those big rocks in there! Don’t be the guy who won’t miss a day at the gym, but has kept God on hold for a month…
And there are some little rocks you don’t need, like relationships that drag you down, water cooler gossip, stress over the latest political polls, and even getting a message to Facebook friend #2437. These life wasters aren’t getting you closer to the life you were meant to enjoy. In fact, they are keeping you from it.
So separate the true big rocks from the little ones and make sure that the main things in every day stay the main things. You’ll have to be diligent because there are a lot of people who love pouring little rocks on your desk. But if you give your focus to the things that truly matter, well…you’re life will matter too!