"The moment you tell yourself you're too busy is the moment you stop thinking creatively about how to get other potentially important items into your schedule and routine." - Rory Vaden
This week marked the start of a new school year and a new decade for me personally. I turned the big 3-0. It's funny because I bet those who are younger reading this probably think nothing about this statement, but those that are older are saying, "wait until you turn _______ or I'm old enough to be your mother." When I reflect on this busy time of my life, I think about Rory Vaden's book and the idea of the Harvest Principle. He references how farmers typically work 18 hour days during the harvest season. He states, "Given the fact that their entire livelihood and well-being over the next year depend on the fruits of the this harvest, do you think that taking a sick day or being tired is an option?" He later references how balancing our time and efforts is essential. "Balance shouldn't mean equal time spent on equal activities. Balance should mean appropriate time spent on critical priorities." As this school year kicks off, it's time to put in the work and refocus my effort and time!
As we all enter different seasons of education, independence, illness, health, or new beginnings, let's stop asking ourselves how can we squeeze in more? Instead let's have a focused effort on what matters most during that current season. Let's not let "time" be our greatest excuse. Vaden states, "The moment you tell yourself you're too busy is the moment you stop thinking creatively about how to get other potentially important items into your schedule and routine." Often trying to combine multiple seasons of life creates challenges for us. The better we plan for our harvests in life will allow us to ultimately reap the best crops.
The challenge for all of us this week is to reflect on our current season. Perhaps we are working 18 hour days or perhaps we are resting in the off-season. How can we balance our time, efforts, and resources to reap the best crops in our current or next season?