It's A Real Circus Out There!

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"Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is."  Eph. 5:16-17

A firehouse in New York had to close its station for more than a half-hour recently... in order to bathe a circus elephant!  The Uniformed Firefighters Association reported that Brooklyn's Engine Company 245 did not want to participate in the photo opportunity with Suzie, the circus elephant (part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Show), but it says that officials ordered them to do so.  Talk about distractions!  Though not usually that bizarre, it is easy to get distracted, regardless your occupation, isn't it?  A number of Ugandan inmates doing road clean-up recently escaped imprisonment when a rabbit jumped from under a bush and all five security guards ran away chasing it.  The prisoners simply walked away!

"Any occurrence requiring undivided attention will be accompanied by a compelling distraction," said Robert Bloch) American fiction writer, 1917-1994). And it is especially true at work.  You are starting your day and beginning to make headway then it happens... the phone rings or an associate pops his head through your door.  It may be recreational surfing on the internet, personal emails or a quick trip to the snack machine that turns into a 15-minute conversation about anything and everything, except work, that is.  Each of these can serve to minimize personal workplace productivity.  A Gallup poll in August 2007 revealed that American workers waste between sixty and ninety minutes...per day! Studies by insist the number is more like 2.1 hours per day (not including lunch)!

Today's Workplace Challenge:  Stay focused!  Don't be foolish with your time and resources.  Avoid all temptation to slack off or fritter away time that is valuable to your team, your company, and your God!  Make sure you know what your goals are today and stick to them.  Set a time (lunch?) to check your personal email instead of using company time to do so.  Everyone appreciates friendliness but it is normally best to socialize at lunch or other designated break times.  If you have been given an hour for lunch, take the sixty minutes but not seventy.  Don't be easily distracted.  Do a little analysis and come up with your plan.  Be conscious of the testimony you provide every day in the small things.  So when your co-workers ask you to help them scrub the company elephant today, well... you can figure that one out yourself!  Have a wonderfully productive workday making the most of every single minute of it! 



Based in Raleigh, NC (USA), The Other Six Days is an interdenominational discipleship ministry that seeks to give glory to God by assisting Christian men and women to practice their faith in the workplace and in their daily life context.