As I was thinking through this post on curating time, I heard this sermon. A phrase caught my attention and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head: we ought to stop trying to manage our time, and manage our energy instead.
What would it look like for us to use our time in a way that gives us (and others) energy?
Some sources of energy are “easy” to fuel up on. “Easy” because they’re common sense but oftentimes harder to implement than the most perfect plan to herd a pack of stray gerbils:
- Get enough sleep
- Drink water
- Eat right
Some are more difficult.
Have you thought about what makes you feel rested? Is it cooking? Turning your phone off? Listening to Mariah Carey while you dance around your living room in a woman-sized onesie? If you know and aren’t scheduling those rest times into your week stop it. Schedule them. Put Mariah on that calendar. If you have no clue, test a few things out over the next couple of weeks and start to make them part of your routine.
And like blessing others.
We can’t stop at using time for ourselves and our agendas. I’ve fallen into that trap a whole lot more than I’d like to admit, but it becomes a miserable, self-perpetuating pit. Time is something we all have the exact same amount of in a day and there’s no really good reason we can’t curate a little bit of it toward benefitting others.
What is one thing you want to take up more of your time? How do you plan to add it into your day?
I’ve been consumed with getting ready for our big fundraising event next weekend, so I’m going to schedule an hour of my day specifically for reaching out to connect with others. I’m going to put it on my calendar and set an alarm on my phone. I hope it will help keep me in the mindset of loving others even in the craziness of this week.
PS If redefining time and energy is interesting to you, these books are awesome resources:
- The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
- Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day
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