Energy...it’s precious. Nonetheless, It is easily squandered on subjects, people, and things of insignificance when you aren’t paying close attention to how you spend it.
To use myself as an example, I easily get wrapped up in conversations and issues that drain my energy before I am able to use it on things that directly affect me. Maybe you’re like me and this happens to you too? About a month ago, I would have usually given this no second thought, but recently in my devotions I have been asking God to help me find time and energy to do more meaningful and productive activities. It all boils down to FOCUS!
Focus Christina, focus! What is distracting you from your purpose and to-do list? What is draining your energy? Whatever it is that is draining your energy, is it pushing you towards a goal you want to accomplish, or is it distracting you from what is really important.
I spend too much time thinking about what I am going to do next and hugging my bed in the mornings. Then when I rush to get to where I need to go, I am using double the amount of energy trying not to be late. Usually, I am drained by the time lunch is over.
I sometimes spend hours on Social Media scrolling through celebrity gossip or watching videos of strangers saying things to humor me. By the time I look up from my phone, my eyes are tired and time flew by.
Most importantly, I recently noticed how much time and energy I spend worrying about my next big life move. Decisions are hard to make! Subconsciously, I have been wasting a lot of energy measuring the pros and cons of every decision that could be made, but not actually making a decision. Tons of energy lost. Loads of time spent.
If you are like me and you have short-term goals that have, in retrospect, turned into long-term goals because you just can’t seem to get things done, then maybe I can help. If you are like me and wonder why when you get home from your day job it seems like you only have time to eat dinner and get ready for bed, then don’t worry, it is common.
Juggling time-management and energy conservation is not easy. For me to even find time to write this blog entry I had to follow the following steps:
Believe that there is enough time in the day to do what you want and need to do.
Find out where your energy is spent during the day.
Eliminate the insignificant/unproductive things in your day that take up time and energy.
Set realistic tasks to accomplish in a weeks’ time.
Accomplish at least one task from your list each day of the week.
Use the remaining energy how you see fit (Go ahead, check your Social Media feed!)
I’ve heard people say “love is sacrifice”. If you are in love with the idea of living the life you dream, then you are willing to replace the things that drain your energy for more productive activities.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.