What Matters Most

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a 1 day conference with some of the ACC staff team. It was a great day for us to catch up as friends and coworkers and to grow as we learned from some great teachers – Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel.

I want to share with you something that really stuck out to me from one of the sessions. Craig Groeschel was sharing about the importance of time management and he said this: “The difference between the values you embrace and the life you live equals the frustration you experience.” He said this in the context of scheduling our values…of giving priority in our schedule to the things that matter most to us.

I can so relate to this! There are so many times where I’ve gotten to the end of a day or week and thought – I really didn’t accomplish the things I wanted to. It’s easy to let the urgent crowd out what’s important. That’s not to say that the things being accomplished aren’t good and worthy things…BUT…there are plenty of good and worthy things looking for our attention and our time is limited. In order to ensure time for what’s most important it makes sense to schedule those things in first.

Here are a few ways I’m trying to put this into practice:

- Getting my 2014 vacation time on the calendar now

- Blocking out important events (birthdays, anniversary, first day of school, etc)

- Scheduling more face to face meetings

- Working farther ahead