Cynthia Bazin is a popular speaker on leadership, and holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology. In her study of men and women who rise above their circumstances, she has found that they are really good with their time. Specifically, they don’t waste their time doing eight things:
- Spending time on social media
- Going through a day without a plan
- Doing emotionally draining activities
- Worrying about things they can’t control
- Hanging out with negative people
- Dwelling on past mistakes
- Focusing on what others are doing
- Putting their own needs last
Paul said to “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16). In recovery, we must learn that time management is about what we quit, not just what we do. One of the simple things you can do to find real sobriety is to knock off the time you are wasting on the things on the list above. That will free up the time you need to do the things that really matter.
Recovery Step: If you are to get well, stay well, and help others, you will need to prioritize your schedule around the things that put points on the board. Start by cutting out one or two things – today.