Every day, New York City sanitation workers process over 12 tons of garbage. They gather so much garbage because they have so many garbage collection points. Lots of collection points are good if you are gathering garbage in a big city. But if you are an individual battling information overload, too many collection points may also bring you a lot of garbage.
Collection points are the places where you and others place communications and commitments. They typically include your voice mail, email inbox, calendar, to-do list, paper in basket, lots of little floating papers and the sticky notes on your refrigerator. The problem with so many collection points is they quickly become unmanageable.
By limiting the number of approved collection points, you can begin to reign in some of that information so you can more effectively prioritize and process it according to which ones you really feel God wants you to accomplish.
Remember, narrowing the number of approved collection points helps you focus on what matters most, which will redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.