It’s time to be very efficient

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
Sometimes, the best boost in productivity comes during a crisis. Why? Because true priorities become very clear, allowing goals reshuffle themselves according to new priorities. The unimportant things become truly unimportant allowing the important things to surface.

Kathy just called me to let me know that after spending 3 1/2 weeks at the hospital caring for her mom, including 2 weeks in ICU, she's in the ambulance, accompanying her mom to a rehabilitation facility near her home.

And so begins the next part of our family's journey, a journey very different than what we would have planned or even thought of.

For the past several week's, I've had to revise my priorities and commitments on a daily basis - family, clients, school, product development, and so on.  Today, after helping a client, I decided that the most strategic thing I could do to help my younger children get through the day was to eat pudding with them and play with green Playdough. (Playdough pumpers sure have changed a lot since I was a kid- more options to choose from.)

It's starting to sink in that our family has a very long road ahead of us and we have just begun the journey. That realization is causing me to look differently at the projects and actions on my list. It's time to sit down and look at the big picture again. I've been dealing with the runway level so intently that I need to look up and think about higher elevations. It's time to plan.

I plan to look very differently at how I spend my time. I know that I will have less discretionary time, so I'll have to choose the things that I do more carefully. In a strange way, despite the limitations, I'm actually looking forward to this. It's an opportunity for me to re-evaluate my systems and procedures - both analog and digital - and decide what really works and what does not. I do this with clients often, but I don't do it for myself as often as I'd like.

I plan to continue to blog; it's a great outlet for me and it's allowed me to meet many new friends as a result. I'll share what I learn along the way.

Discussion/Comments (4):

It´s time to be very efficient

I'm praying for you and your family during this time. I've had plenty of those pudding times the past two years; and they are much needed and precious. The Lord remains faithful to renew your mind and strength daily.

Posted at 9/3/2005 7:46:31 AM by Rob Bushway

It´s time to be very efficient

Know I've been praying for you all. Jesus frequently doesn't remove our problems - instead, He walks with us thru them. I pray you'll feel and experience that presence over the coming weeks.

Posted at 9/3/2005 9:06:51 AM by Walter

It’s time to be very efficient

Best wishes to you and your family. Please keep blogging as time and energy permits you to do so. I have a feeling many of us may learn something while you post during this difficult time. Certainly the reprioritizing will be of great benefit for you and of interest to us.

Posted at 9/5/2005 4:45:12 PM by Michael

It´s time to be very efficient


My family will continue to pray for all of you. I experienced a similar time sme 8 years ago when my mother passed after a long struggle with cancer.

You will get through it. And when you look back sometime down the road, you will wonder how you did.

The only answer is God's grace.

May the Lord bless and keep you...

Posted at 9/5/2005 9:06:57 PM by Jason Echols

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