The Longest Letter of My Life

The Longest Letter of My Life

Last Saturday I spent all day writing a letter. The letter was two paragraphs long.

Let me explain.

I had absolutely nothing to do last Saturday – except write that letter. So I just kept putting it off. I’d get started, but would get distracted by a rabbit in the backyard. Or something on Facebox.

The experience made me remember Parkinson’s Law:

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

If I had to write that letter on a weekday it would have been done in two minutes. The problem was I didn’t have a schedule. I had unlimited time.

Sometimes I forget. Time is a very valuable resource. I am only on this planet for so long. Job 14:5 talks about just how limited my time is.

I think one of the biggest keys to keeping margin in my life is to set time limits on things. If I don’t get it done in that amount of time – I stop. I save it for another day. Otherwise, little tasks can end up taking all day. It’s amazing how quickly I can get something done if I just set a time limit on it.

I need to set schedules and stick to them. I only have so much time. I need to make sure I am making the most of it.