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What I Learned from a Weekend of “Wasting Time”

What I Learned from a Weekend of “Wasting Time”

Sometimes I have the tendency to work all the time. I don’t necessarily want to work constantly, it’s just a default I go to when I have some empty space in my life. If I don’t have anything going on, I think to myself, “Well, I might as well get something...
How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
Set a Time Limit For Your Tasks

Set a Time Limit For Your Tasks

The amount of time you allot to complete a task influences the amount of time the task will take to complete. Let me tell you about an experience I had that illustrates this principle. One of my friends misplaced his car keys, so I drove him across town to get his...
How to Say No: 5 Key Strategies

How to Say No: 5 Key Strategies

Many of us struggle with saying no. For example, maybe your friend asked you to do something. You really don’t want to do it, but you feel bad saying no. Or maybe you were asked to volunteer for something at church or work. It’s not really in your area of purpose or...
Be a Conduit, Not a Receptacle

Be a Conduit, Not a Receptacle

I listened to a sermon the other day, and the pastor used an example I thought was really interesting. The sermon was on the topic of giving. The pastor focused on the benefits of being generous with your time and resources. The pastor talked our bodies as a metaphor,...
5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

I take the train to work. It takes about 90 minutes each way, so it’s a long commute. I remember one day as I got off the train, I passed by a mother and her young daughter getting on the train. The mother smiled at me and asked, “Was it fun?” She must have noticed...
Is Now the Right Time for This?

Is Now the Right Time for This?

I’ve been asking myself a simple question lately that has helped me to live a more focused and purposeful life. Here is the question: Is now the right time for this? The idea behind the question is that if we want to live a focused and purposeful life, we should be...
How To Stop Wasting Time

How To Stop Wasting Time

I was having lunch with some friends the other day, and we were all lamenting about how timewasters were taking over our lives. (I define a timewaster as something you spend a lot of time on, but it doesn’t directly contribute to any of your most important goals.)...
The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages

One of my favorite books for couples is the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The premise of the book is simple, but profound. As people, we give and receive love in different ways. We tend to think our partner will receive love in the same way that we prefer to...
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