Ah, the urgent vs the important. I wish someone had sat me down and taught me this about 20 years ago. Yes, literally at age 8. Ok maybe I wouldn’t have gotten it then. We’ll say high school instead.
I’ve written about this before, but our lives are so caught up in the urgent. This could be someone stepping into your office with a problem that needs solved NOW or a phone message or a new file on your desk. It could be the crying child or the hungry toddler or the doorbell ringing. This could be the towering pile of laundry or the paper that’s due tomorrow.
Our entire day can easily be filled with the urgent. Now some of these things are important, don’t get me wrong. But some aren’t. And some important things aren’t as important as the non-urgent important things. Are you working too hard to the detriment of your soul? Are you going to burn out? Do you create time for play and rest? Do you have space for encouragement and refreshment? Do you even remember what makes you feel alive or are you too busy in the daily grind? These are the non-urgent important things that are necessary in our lives. These are the things that if we neglect, we’ll be paying for it in 5, 10, 20 years.
What are your non-urgent important things? How can you make time for them?