Recently I picked up Bill Hybels’ book Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul and while I have never been a fast reader, I’m almost a week into it in terms of when I began it, but am only now on chapter two. I don’t want to rush through this book, nor do I want to read it in fits and starts. And the reason is quite simple: It’s because I’m cluttered.
I see it in my house. Literally. I see it in how I can flit from one thing to the next and to the next without really getting anything done. I see it in countless plans with little action. I can feel it, cloying and snarled around my ankles, pulling at my wrists. And I want it to stop. I don’t want life to be what’s happening to me by some default setting (a setting it can be far too easy – at least for me – to fall into).
So I’m taking notes while I read this book, pondering the action steps as they come up. I want to read this book in such a way so as to have the lessons gleaned from it stay with me for a lifetime. After all, both Jeff and I are talking about and looking at making some changes. It seems a good thing to be doing as our 20th anniversary is on the horizon and we consider where we are, where we’d like to go.
I had time yesterday morning to dig into Hybels’ book for a bit longer stretch, and since then I’ve been rolling around the following morsel:
My schedule is far less about what I want to get done and far more about who I want to become.
You see, I’m a great one for feeling like a failure if I don’t accomplish all I’ve set out to do in a day. For instance, if I plan to clean the house from top to bottom before going to my office job in the afternoon, but only get half of it done? Well, then I have done nothing with my morning. (Jeff once exasperatedly asked me to please tell him what I did do with my day rather than listing off all the things I didn’t get done.)
But I can also be a great one for skipping merrily through a day, only to wonder what I’ve actually accomplished at the end of it.
Ah, balance …
Now, yes – about my schedule being more about who I want to become. I like it. It relieves the pressure I can feel with a big, long “To Do” list. That’s the main thing, really. As I said, I only had the bolded bit jump out at me yesterday. I’m still letting it settle and working it into how I look at the days ahead, and what I choose to do.
I don’t know – what to you think? How do you approach your days, plan them? What do you think when reading the bolded statement from Hybels’ book? Feel free to share your thoughts below, or on Facebook or Twitter.