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Grand Rapids Christian Middle School Principal's Corner

Eric Burgess

Eric Burgess

 

Taking More Time to Consider Time

Last week I wrote about time. It has been a topic on my mind a lot lately... maybe because we have had so many snow days this winter! I hope that whenever I think about my use of time, I am able to say that what I did was time well spent.

I came across an interesting quote on time from an individual named Mark McCormack speaking about time management and the pressure that our fast-paced society can put on decision-making: "Slow decisions are usually better than fast ones. No decisions are better than the wrong ones."

As an administrator who must make decisions regularly, this quote resonated with me. I sometimes appreciate the easy decisions that can be made in little time, like whether we have indoor or outdoor recess? There is a definitive time that this decision impacts, and you make the decision based on the most accurate information you can obtain at the time. Decisions about money, schedules, or personnel are more difficult and require more time.

Most important decisions, we know, take more time: to get all the information necessary (or as much as is possible), to weigh the multiple impacts of a decision, and to think about the most appropriate ways to communicate the decision. All of these take not only thought but time to ensure that there is a process in place that leads to a positive final decision.

Why write all of this? I have been personally convicted lately about the importance of taking time. As a professional and a father and a husband, I continue to be reminded by God that my roles require me to be intentional about how I use my time. I have often felt that where I spend my time defines my priorities.

What does your use of time tell you about yourself?

-Eric Burgess


 

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