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Even though we all claim to be busy, and justifiably so, if we take an honest review of what really keeps us engaged most of the time, our discovery will surprise us!
Our findings might be as simple as the difference between being busy and being productive, or as shocking as the difference between living and existing.
As a matter of fact, they might even be the clues to the greatest mysteries of our lives, and the bridge between our present status and our dream lives.
Prov.26:14 (KJV) As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
The real proof of ‘busyness’ is not activity or restlessness.
On the contrary, the only justification for ‘busyness’ is productivity. And productivity speaks through just one thing: Result!!!
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment …Seeming to do is not doing.
– Thomas A. Edison
Really, how busy can we get?
As busy as Esau got searching for ‘The Blessing’ while a seemingly less ‘busier’ but apparently smarter Jacob outmaneuvered him?
Proverbs 17:24 (KJV) Wisdom is before him that hath understanding;
but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
Really, we shouldn’t get too ‘busy’ for our own good… too ‘busy’ for our destiny!
Battle With an ATM …
While at a Teller Machine the other day, I discovered that there was no cash in my target account. I usually fund that account only when required for security reasons.
However, I had forgotten to do the necessary funds transfer via Internet Banking before driving to the ATM on that particularly occasion.
And I thought I heard the teller machine chuckle at me when I got the “Insufficient funds to complete your transaction” error message.
You can imagine the frustration!
Nevertheless, my dilemma was short lived, as I was armed with Mobile Banking facilities.
Therefore, I simply picked up my mobile phone, dialed my bank’s “Connect” number, and did the necessary transfer via Mobile Banking.
And in less than 2 minutes and amidst curious glares, I was able to cash enough money with my Master Card!
It was while driving off that the real reason why my little ‘escapade’ was such a spectacle hit me:
Besides bankers and few professionals, not too many people use such freely available tools like Mobile Banking in our culture!
For the erroneous belief that these facilities are meant for ‘techies’ or people with exceptional Intelligence Quotient alone, folks are much too lazy to explore, let alone use these tools, which are meant to make life easier actually; tools which just anyone can use!
It then occurred to me how ‘busy’ I would have gotten trying to do the same transaction physically and manually, if I didn’t have the freely available Mobile Banking facility within my reach!
For instance, what if I’d had to
– go inside the banking hall, fill a Savings Withdrawal Form, join the queue and get the cash over the counter, or
– go inside the banking hall, fill a Funds Transfer Form, wait my turn to get the fund transferred to my Master Card account over the counter and then gone back to join the queue and cash the funds at the ATM or
– return to work for online transfer and postpone cashing the funds till later.
Apparently, any of these options could have taken between 45 minutes and 48 hours (if I chose to procrastinate) of my precious time!
And definitely, this would have initiated a kind of chain reaction as many more things would have suffered for this single lapse, and I would have got ‘busier’ as a result. (Remember the Poem which reads
For want of a nail, a shoe was lost
For want of the shoe, a horse was lost
For want of the horse, a rider..
… The battle …
…(And) an entire kingdom was lost…
All for want of a horse shoe nail!
Can anyone picture that? And can you recount how much time you’ve once wasted getting busy over such unnecessary pursuits?
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
These are kinds of things we very often waste our precious time (and of course, life) on every single day under the guise of ‘busyness’.
Time stealers actually!
We’d get more value for our time (and life in general) if we could cut out all such unnecessary pursuits.
In any case, to every laborious task is a faster, smarter and more productive approach. If only we knew better…
Value For Our Time (Life)…
Proverbs 3:13, 16 (KJV) Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. Length of days is in her right hand…
The way out is to observe, get informed and act accordingly. Acting on such information as this is empowering!
The following are steps to take:
1. Observe and scrutinize your routines to discover all unproductive approaches to your tasks as well as habits which waste your time,
2. Explore smarter ways of getting things done.
And this might involve getting more conversant with some readily available solutions freely provided to make our works easier and lives better.
Tools like Mobile Money, Mobile, Internet and eBanking facilities, Hardware Token for Third-party funds transfer, Dropbox or GoogleDrive for online data backup and storage are examples, to mention but a few.
Talk of scaling territories in a jiffy and achieving more with less! Definitely,action based on knowledge is empowering.
Working/Living Smarter is a way to go!
Funmi Adebayo (c) 2013