Recently, I realized that I was failing horribly at juggling all the things in my life. I’m a planner so I plan out my time. But, I’m also a business owner, a wife, a caretaker to my sister, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a friend. All those roles show up somehow during most days. Many days I find myself struggling to know what the most important thing is to accomplish for the day because there is so much to do and not enough time to do it all. I go to bed defeated. I decided that had to change.
Because I have the same number of hours in a day as everyone else, I was convinced that I could utilize them better. Several people had told me about the book, The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. If you are curious to find out more, click here. I’ve been listening to their podcasts (yes, I am a podcast junkie!) and I have started reading the book. The core belief of The One Thing is “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” That is a difficult question for most and one that I have struggled with for quite some time.
Today it clicked for me. My One Thing is to UNPLUG. What does that look like for me? To unplug from my phone, email and social media. I find that I check my email all too often during the workday and it becomes a distraction. My phone has notifications for everything – texts, social media, email, voicemail. These things take my focus away from the things that are important to me – my family, my work and time for me. I posted a reminder where I would see it everytime I look up from my desk. I want to be intentional with my time. I want to be present in whatever I am doing at that moment. Whether that is work, time with my kids, my husband, or doing something I love. Do you find yourself needing to unplug? What’s your “One Thing”? I would love to hear how others are managing to be intentional and present. Leave a comment below.