This week’s post is from Jack Woelber.
- Schedule Margin – Often we have our days booked so tight with exercise, work, house work, to-do’s, kids games, etc. that every minute is scheduled. Because of this, our stress level goes up, our focus narrows, and our relationships can suffer. If we could create some “margin” in our schedule, our stress might go down and we might have some space for the things that come up unexpectedly (both good and bad). Maybe we wouldn’t have to give up the important for the urgent.
- Financial Margin – Have you heard the phrase “the one with the most stuff wins”? Society has placed an incredible amount of pressure on individuals and families to have “stuff”. I can get caught up in this easily. The need to “have stuff” often puts pressure on our finances. If I had less stuff, it might give me more margin in both my finances as well as my time. Having some financial margin could also reduce stress.
- Moral Margin – If we are always living our life on the edge of morality, then it doesn’t allow much margin when we are challenged or pushed to go over the line. Once we are pushed over the line, it can affect us psychologically as well as in our relationally.
- Professional Margin – In addition to Doug’s comments on leadership margin, what about professional margin? Are the things that you are doing adding value to you, the company, or society? Are you spending your time at work on the right things? Or are you filling up your time with things that maybe could / should be done by others? Would having some margin in our time at work allow us to spend our time on the right stuff?