“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
This is so important at times, yet very difficult because of our drive to be productive and efficient, which often manifests itself in the form of multitasking or attempting to accomplish in one day what can only be done in more than one day. It as these times when we can wisely choose to pause, breathe, and pray: “Lord, please slow me down.”
“Lord, please slow me down.”
“Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails.” Henry David Thoreau
Stay focused; do what is important. Not everything that is urgent is important. Sometimes urgency is a nutshell or a mosquito wing disguised as something important with the intent of derailing us. Today I will do my best to implement this wisdom because I believe in it. As is often the case, saying something is much easier than doing it, but it is no excuse for not trying.
Stephen R. Covey devotes an entire chapter to this subject in his great book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The chapter is titled: Put First Things First and is the third habit. Covey discusses his thoughts on time management using a Time Management Matrix comprised of quadrants which divide daily activities by importance and urgency. Covey’s matrix modernizes time management practices and confirms what I believe Thoreau alludes to in the above quote.
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