Tuesday, October 31, 2017
You ever start out on a long journey and suddenly realize you’ve forgotten to charge your phone? That happened to me this week. I get about 20 miles into a 160-mile round trip car ride and realize my phone is at 30%. I think we’ve all been there. You have very little power to last you for a lot longer than you expected, so you find yourself conserving what resources you have. Every time you go to use your phone, you’re asking yourself if it is really necessary, because you don’t want it to die on you before you get to the end of your trip and are able to recharge it.
First thing I do in that situation is close all the apps that are open in the background. Nothing saps the juice faster than having too many things open and active that aren’t really necessary. In other words I don’t waste my battery power on things that aren’t really “mission critical” which includes listening to music, checking the weather, seeing how many miles to the next town on the map, and checking social media. I saved what little power I had for the things that are absolutely necessary.
People aren’t that much different from phones if you think about it. We very quickly forget we don’t possess unlimited reserves of energy, or infinite resources. If we don’t keep ourselves charged up, we will find ourselves drained of energy and limited in what we’re able to do. And nothing saps our energy or our resources as quickly as having too many apps running in the background, if you know what I mean. Like having too many projects we’re working on, too many obligations, and we can’t ever seem to say “no” when we’re asked to take on something new. However, unlike our phones, we don’t have a little gauge letting us know when we’re about to run out energy—when we need to stop and recharge. We’re going along just fine at full speed, and suddenly BOOM . . . we crash all at once.
Think how much better off we’d be if we paid as much attention to our own power reserves and resources as we do to the little gauge on our phone—especially when it says we’re running a little low on juice. Making sure we’re always rested and powered up. Making sure we aren’t wasting energy on a bunch of running applications in the background that aren’t really serving our basic mission—that starts with our calendar.
Because if we don’t keep ourselves properly charges, we’ll learn the same lesson I did with my phone. When you really need the energy and the resources, you’ll find you’ve already used up more than you thought, and there’s just not enough left to get you through when you really need it.
~Todd E. Creason