Are You on Target to Reach Your Destination?
Measuring Your Length of Time – Part 1
Are you on target to reach your destination?
Everyone needs a way to outline their life, not so you can be predictable, but so that when you set sail you reach your destination or get as close as possible in the time you have for the journey. To put life in perspective, if you desire to be intentional and live the life you desire, you’ll need something I call “a time-grid.” What’s a time-grid?
In order to get a better picture of your life and what you need to do to have the life you dream of, you need to look at your life in stages of time. That’s what “a time-grid” is, the ability to look at life in stages.
The Thought or Concept:
The Facets of Your Life
Pamela and I developed this idea many years ago and at that time it had no name. We found out that you can’t really separate your work from your spiritual endeavors, nor your spiritual endeavors from your family, nor your family from your work as it relates to what you need to do with your time. Each facet impacts the time you have and none of it will respect the other facet’s time unless you do something about it.
There was a time where I gave way too much time to our church and very little to the family. How unbalanced was that? And BTW I’m not talking about the mythical work-life balance your company promotes. I’m speaking to you seeing the landscape of time so that you can still navigate life to reach your destination which considers every facet that makes up your life.
In defining the time-grid, we need to discuss three precursors and they are 1) our jobs, 2) our work, and 3) the business of our lives.
Three Precursors to evaluate what impacts your time.
Let’s get to it. These are not in order of preference or importance.
- Our jobs. I learned how to give my job the right head-space from a vice-president of finance, I once reported to. She said, “you work [have this job] so that you can support and care for your family.” Jobs are what we use to support and provide for what matters most, the main areas of our life which is our family. Our job is not the major priority. It’s the other areas that motivate us to do our jobs well because of what the job can do for them.
- Our work. I know what you might be thinking, our jobs and our work sound like the same thing. They’re not. Your work is your purpose for existence. Why are you on earth? If you have a job that consumes all of your time, you’ll never live to fulfill your purpose. So being able to distinguish these precursor areas is important to establishing your time-grid. Otherwise, you may live a life where you never live out your purpose or one where you never earn a dollar. That’s possible and I’ve seen them both.
You see Pamela and I have a well defined purpose for why we live. In fact, we have created three platforms so that others can benefit from our gifts to the world. Those platforms are:
- Our mission – Sohrs.com. This is what we’re using to expose the world to all Christianity has to offer while connecting the entire family of faith.
- Our message – NoLongerCommon.com. Using this website, we help others understand that “ordinary is no longer enough.” We help people reach higher heights by revealing and helping them understand their unique gifts, skills, and talents.
- Our ministration – kerryAclark.com. Ministration is simply our ministry to administer service to others. Using this platform we provide messages, resources, and tools to help people with the business we call their lives.
- Our lives. I like to refer to this as “the business of your life,” because your life is your business. Your life consists of everything you do. It doesn’t carve out a special life for your employer that doesn’t impact your home. It doesn’t carve out a special life for church that doesn’t impact what you do on the job. It doesn’t carve out a special life for your personal life that neither impacts your employment or your religious pursuits. They all work together to form one life, one human-being, and that’s you.
As we get a better understanding of these three facets, so then will we be able to properly align them within our time-grid.
Today is Friday!
We’re just getting started on the subject of establishing what I’m calling “a time-grid.” It’s going to change how you view time and your calendar. In our next message, we will go into greater depth with “Our lives – The Business of Our Lives” and why this facet is most important to get a handle on. Until next Friday, thank you for visiting kerryaclark.com; share this web-post with your closest friends.