This week I did some thinking about time and energy, and an interesting analogy came to me out of the blue. From it I created the above infographic to describe my idea visually.
Our time and energy is kind of like a garden hose. Sometimes there’s a lot of water, and sometimes just a trickle. And the things we choose to do are the different places we direct that water. Sometimes it’s fires: those urgent, crisis mode tasks that sneak up on us and steal a lot of time or energy. Sometimes it’s plants: our long-term projects that we have committed to and which need regular attention.
In the middle there are seedlings: new ideas which we may have in abundance, but which can’t all survive. Choose wisely which of them to water. Also tinder: if we pay attention, we can catch those fires before they ignite, and douse out the sparks before it becomes a big problem.
Finally, plants (projects) that die, either from neglect or natural causes, can go different ways: becoming experience-rich compost for future seedlings (ideas), or drying out into tinder that could cause fires in the future.
For Example: A business idea that goes for a while, but in the end flops, can provide valuable experience and insight for future business ideas. (compost). But a stack of bills that goes unpaid will soon become a crisis! (fire!)
I hope this vivid picture of time and energy gives you new motivation and direction for your activities.