They are everywhere. Daily commitments often include investing in others, being a valuable employee, managing a household, directing finances, commuting, and shopping for groceries and other necessities. We are darned good at multitasking. We have to be. Right?
But is multitasking losing its effectiveness? Other things are constantly vying for our attention, and can quite frankly be exhausting. One of my biggest distractions is glued to my hand right now. Not really physically glued, but my phone is pretty high up there.
What matters most today? Right here in this moment? Maybe there’s a conversation that should be happening, ahem, on the phone or better yet, in person. Those investments require more intentionality, but I personally find them much more fulfilling.
Somehow time is nearly always our best excuse. We don’t like to tell people we won’t do X, but instead play our distraction card and say we will do it when we have time or when X happens. What would be different if we cut the bologna and distractions and honestly prioritized our use of time? Is there a relationship, project, or goal you would invest in with more time in the day? We all have the same 24 hours in a day. How are you using yours?
I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.
God tasked Nehemiah with helping the Jews rebuild the wall around Judah. Nehemiah valued the importance of this task and saw oversaw its completion. He didn’t stop when he was 90% done or tired or even when others wanted his attention. Nehemiah prioritized the task at hand.
Walls are important defense systems. They keep things in. They keep things out. But if unfinished, there’s a workaround. Things happen that shouldn’t.
Is there an area of your life God is asking you to build a wall around? Maybe it’s your use of time. I am learning to dedicate one day each week to being tech free. I turn off my phone and don’t touch the computer or tablet or tv. Instead, I get away. It almost feels like a mini-vacation – intentionally spending time with family and friends, outside, reading, writing, dancing, growing, thriving in what’s real.
It’s not easy, but building a wall of protection for this time is special and freeing. Bonds strengthen. I learn more about others and more about myself. Isn’t that a big part of what we are here for? Connections?
Distractions disconnect. I encourage you to eliminate one distraction this week and try to recognize the impact.
Don’t let the shiny object take away what matters most each day.