“I just need quick eyeballs on this one.” As she pushed a stack of papers towards him, I smiled. Quick eyeballs. I imagined eyeballs with legs sprinting forward.
He’s a busy man. Each day filled with more tasks than time. The biggest decision he makes each day is what he will and will not spend time on. There will always be tasks left undone. I can relate.
One of the hardest decisions I make at work and at home is what I will spend time on and how much time I will spend on it.
If only there was a magical filter to enter my tasks into that would sort them in order of importance and give me a daily plan of attack. But that would take my responsibility and creativity out of the process.
Instead my process of deciding what to spend time on and what to only give quick eyeballs to includes prayer, silence, thinking, brainstorming, scheduling and creating to do lists. I’ve broken my tasks outside of work into two categories.
The important things are the things I cannot live without. They keep me centered and functioning well. Quality time with my hubby. Time with God. Writing. Exercise. Time with my closest friends (my inner circle). Family.
Everything else falls into my quick eyes category. This category contains valuable tasks as well, like cooking, cleaning, church, and time with other friends. While I try to include these tasks in my to do list, if it comes down to choosing between an important and a quick eyeballs item, the important one will always win.
What process do you use to decide what you will spend time on?
Let’s live intentionally.