Anyhow, I am reading a book right now called The One Thing. I got it at the library last week and hope to finish it before Christmas if I can. But with little ones running around, nothing is guaranteed.
You can use this question in any area of your life, work, family, spirituality, health etc. The list could go on forever and I am finding that the areas intersect quite a bit too!
When I started looking at my own life as a mom, homemaker, writer and wife and all the goals I have gladly placed on my plate, I asked myself what the one thing is getting in my way of being able to focus on all of these things. The answer like many others was time. There is not enough time in the day to fulfill all my obligations, nurture my family, myself and other relationships while accomplishing the additional goals I have set.
I am the first to admit that my iPhone has made my life abundantly easier. I have knowledge about anything at the snap of a finger. I can find my way to Alaska in an instant and know every place I can stop for gas along the way. I can check my bank account and buy new patio furniture in 5 minutes while I am waiting for the pizza I ordered to be delivered. It is a glorious thing and it's benefits are infinite.
However with all these benefits comes a price and that price is time wasted looking at meaningless crap. Anyone with a smartphone is guilty of it, period.
Well, I decided to take the law into my own hands and remove the Facebook app from my phone. Not only that, I have been more strict about leaving my phone in my bedroom plugged in during the day, especially when I am with my kids.
This one little choice of mine has opened things up for me in all areas of my life.
* I have actually almost finished the book. I haven't finished a book in a week in almost 2 years.
*I have spent so much time nourishing my family with my attention. I have been more cognizant of time spent outside, reading to my girls, playing and being silly.
* I have had more time to plan meals, get my Christmas shopping done and keep up with the household chores.
*I have gladly been hitting the treadmill after I put both gals to bed at night.
* I have had more time to work on some projects I have going for myself right now.
Because I gave up these time wasters, I have been able to focus on all of these other things that directly correlate with my quality of life. It is true too that when you become productive in one area, it snowballs into other areas as well.
Honestly, I don't miss it one bit. I haven't been on Facebook once today and haven't thought twice about it.
What is your one thing?