“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you” ~ Proverbs 4:25
“Oh give me the beat boys and free my soul, I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away”~ Drift Away (author Mentor R. Williams, Jerry Lynn Williams)
Instead of my usual morning drive entertainment of an audio book or podcast I was running late and just cranked up the music. Big mistake.
At work I sat at my desk, pulled out my to do list and got busy. When I couldn’t complete the first item due to a system glitch I jumped over to my email. I handled a few emails and then jumped into something else. I bounced from task to task all morning and had very little done by noon. By the time I left at 5 it was one of my least productive days ever.
I was out of focus.
Compare this with my most productive days which start when I’m inspired by business or productivity talks during my drive in. I’m mentally going over the items I want to accomplish that day before I even walk in the door.
The entire Proverb speaks of staying focused.
- “Let your eyes look straight ahead”
You are looking ahead to where you want to be.
- “Your gaze directly before you”
You allow no distractions
- “Make level paths for your feet”
Adjusting for obstacles that keep you from your goal.
- “Take only ways that are firm”
Watch for time-traps that like quicksand can suck you in.
- “Do not swerve to the right or the left”
My error yesterday was a swerve to check my email.
- “Keep your foot from evil”
Righteous living leads to clear thinking.
So don’t start your morning off like the song singing “day after day I’m so confused” and drift, drift, drift away.