It is not how long you live that counts but how much impact your life makes. What sort of legacy are you leaving behind? I like what Stephen Covey said about the clock and the compass in his book, First Things First. He said that the clock represents what we do with and how we manage our time while the compass represents our vision and direction by which we live our lives underpinned by our values. Covey argued that the compass is more important than the clock. Yet most of our attention is focused on the clock.
The power of the clock is so strong in a hyperactive and connected 21st century where everyone is time-conscious. We are so busy running life’s race according to the clock that we fail to check if we are busy running the right race. But time is meaningless if it lacks purpose and direction. This is why the compass trumps the clock. Operating the compass first ensures that you are running the right race which guarantees that time works for you rather than against you.
As a Christian, the Bible which is God’s word is my personal compass. I have a standard to guide my life which I strive to live by. This is the reason why the prophet, Moses, prayed in Psalm 90 verse 12 that God ‘teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom’.
Question: How do you manage the demands of the compass and clock in your life? I would love to hear your management strategies.