For those that know me they expect to hear a phrase: “I was listening to a great podcast the other day and …”
I tend to listen to a lot of podcasts and a recent life changing one was Choose to Cheat by Andy Stanley.
In fact it was two well timed podcasts, the first was a leadership stream and second was a service on the same theme.
Choose to Cheat is the acceptance that managing time means that someone or something will miss out. There are only 24 hours in a day and at best you’ll only function about 18 of them.
Seems like a lot when you think of so many hours, until you break it down.
Living on Borrowed Time
Our lives are becoming increasingly busy, with so much to fit in. After all, think of the many roles you play in life.
For me it’s a husband, a dad, a son, a brother, a boss, an employee, a friend, a squash player, a handyman (albeit an ordinary one), a writer, a reader, a board member, a … It goes on and on – when you consider the many roles you play and the time commitments for each it becomes obvious that not all will be given their required share.
Something’s got to give … whether it’s family, friendships, fitness, the one area that generally isn’t lacking is work.
Choose to cheat asks us to recognise this before the fall rather than be surprised when it happens.
Andy Stanley compares it to holding a rock for an extended time, at some stage physically your body will react and, no matter how mentally tough you are, you will drop it.
Maybe it’s not you that drops the rock, but your wife, your kids.
This podcast was a timely reminder that managing time is a good way of avoiding the real issues of a lack of time in areas you should be investing.
It certainly impacted my life!
Find more about the Choose to cheat or it’s more modern title, When Work and Family Collide.