As a leader, your plate is always full. Your schedule is packed. People are constantly demanding your time and attention. You have projects that you’re working on, and you have even more projects that you want to work on.
As a result, you feel stressed, anxious, and at times overwhelmed.
And you might begin to wonder if there is any way out, if things will ever change. You wonder if the demands of your day will ever slow down. And in the process, you are possibly losing the joy that comes from leading.
The reality is, demands will never slow down, but you can.
But you have to remember that you are in control of you, and you are in control of your schedule. Yes, you will always have demands on your time, but you get to decide how those demands influence your schedule.
Author and pastor John Ortberg tells the story of how his friend and philosopher, the late Dallas Willard, explained that the only way to effectively deal with the daily pressures and demands for your time is to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” What a great way of putting it–ruthlessly eliminate hurry. Not “try to,” not “work hard at,” not “develop a plan to.” Ruthlessly eliminate.
So what this means is that you as a leader must be intentional about how you prioritize your time, what you say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to, and what you do or don’t allow into your schedule.
You are busy enough as it is; don’t allow the shear demands on your time to overwhelm you and ultimately rob you of the joy that you derive from leading.
Take time for yourself to refuel, re-energize, and refocus. This is an essential and often overlooked part of leadership. But doing so is essential to eliminating hurry from your life.
If you do this on a regular basis, it will help you lead yourself well, which will help you lead others well.