I use Quicken to help me balance my checkbook. Initially, I balanced my checkbook to make sure the bank wasn’t somehow cheating me. 40 years later, I have yet to uncover a single bank error.
I have uncovered something far more important, a clear sense of where I am spending my money. And sometimes, I realize that my spending and my life priorities are out of sync. I am spending too much money on stuff, and not enough on experiences that enrich my life. I am saving too much for tomorrow, and not spending enough today on activities where I feel fully alive.
Today, I also balance my calendar to make sure I am not cheating myself. And all too often, I find all sorts of errors. Simply said, how I spend my time is out of sync with my life priorities.
Two of my life priorities are understanding and accepting myself, and having faith beyond myself. I spend too much time being busy; not enough time pausing to understand and accept myself. Too much time worrying and discussing things beyond my control; not enough time cultivating a sense of faith beyond myself.
When was the last time you balanced your calendar? Are you spending your time in a manner that is consistent with what matters most to you? If not, what small step can you do to move towards greater harmony between your time and your priorities?