It’s 12:20 and lunch needs another ten minutes in the oven so I ask myself, “Okay, what do I need to do now?” But my mind is completely blank! I know there is probably one hundred things I could do in that moment but I can’t think of even one. So what do I do? I pull out my phone. I check my email. I browse the news. Maybe have a look at Pinterest or Facebook. I waste time! The oven finally beeps and as we’re eating lunch THEN several things pop into my mind that I need to do and could have done in those wasted ten minutes. Regret sets in due to my habitual time wasting. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever spent ten minutes (or more!) doing nothing important only to be left with feelings of regret about the wasted time? If you have, I can assure you, you are not alone!
Do you want to get out of that rut of habitually wasting time? I have great news! There is a way. And it’s simple. You don’t have to buy a new planner or make another list that you’ll never finish. All you have to do is CONTINUALLY ask yourself one question. Here it is: What is the next RIGHT thing to do? That’s it! That’s the question. That may seem too good to be true, but I promise it isn’t. Asking myself this one simple question constantly throughout the day has totally transformed my life. I no longer look back at the end of the day and wonder what I did. I know exactly what I did because everything I did was intentional.
Let me walk you through this using my example of having ten minutes until lunch is ready. As soon as I realize I have ten minutes and I have to decide what to do, I ask myself the question, “What is the next RIGHT thing to do?” The answer to that question is NEVER read the news! It’s NEVER browse Facebook or Pinterest. When I think about what is right, my decision is always purposeful and intentional. In that moment I’ll decide to tidy the kitchen counters or put that pile of stuff away from the weekend or throw in a load of laundry. When the oven beeps and it’s time to eat I feel good because I have been productive. No more regret!
Now am I saying that it’s wrong or bad to read the news or go on Facebook or Pinterest? No, definitely not! I often use Pinterest to find ideas for homeschooling or new recipes. But if I’m going to make the decision to go on Pinterest, it needs to be an intentional decision that has purpose. Otherwise, I’m just wasting time!
In my next post I’m going to talk about how this one simple question has also transformed my kids. I know it can have a positive impact on your kids too! But before trying to teach your kids about this, take some time to start implementing it yourself. From the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, continually ask yourself, “What is the next RIGHT thing to do?” If you’re like me and tend to stay up far too late working on “stuff” you may find that this question also helps you get to bed on time! So go ahead and ask it right now, “What’s the next RIGHT thing to do?”