Determining What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial
22 August 2022
Yesterday we talked about finding the time in your busy morning to do the things that are important to you. Today I want you to think about what you should and what you should not be doing in those first few hours of the day. That is an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that is what we have always done. We do it without really thinking about whether or not it is the best use of our time.
It is Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time
Making over your morning is not about figuring out how to cram more tasks into fewer hours. When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that is often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it is not a good long-term strategy for meaningful change. Very soon you will hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get.
Shift your thinking and do not try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for bible study, meditation, or exercise, do not just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast. In other words, do not add to your already lengthy list of things that need to get done. You will only feel more rushed and stressed if you do.
It is About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time
Instead, what you should be thinking about is the best use of your time in the morning. Compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine. What aren’t you doing on your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what is important to you becomes much easier.
There are two great ways to find things you can stop doing. The first is to look for busy work. This is something you do out of habit that does not necessarily need doing every day. Maybe it is checking your email first thing in the morning or playing around on Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee. If that is how you choose to spend your time, that is perfectly fine, but if you are doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.
The second way to quickly earn back time is to see if you are doing things for others that they can do themselves. Kids are the perfect example. We start out fixing their breakfast, making their lunch, cleaning up after them, picking out their clothes, and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do. When they are very small, we have to do these things, but all too often we continue to do them long after they are capable of doing things on their own. The same goes for things we do for our spouse. Maybe there was a time when you had less to do in the morning and it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores. Did things change and if so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner? A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what is important to you
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