Vacuuming. Seems innocent enough, right? Helpful almost. It’s something you can do to better your home, brighten your mood, and banish dirt clods/cat hairs/dust bunnies. It is also a highly advanced form of procrastination.
You heard me right. Vacuuming can be evil.
I know your teenage son has been trying to convince you of this fact for years; I am hear to tell you that (occasionally) he is correct. There are times in life when pulling out the vacuum can be dangerous to your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Let me elaborate. . .
I am a college student. A college student taking 18 credits and working two jobs. Needless to say, life can be a bit busy. Last semester during finals week I was so booked that I was forced to sit down and schedule out my life. Literally every hour for 3 days straight was booked (down to the potty breaks). I was able to follow my schedule pretty closely until the end of day number 2. As I settled in for a long study session on the couch, I looked down and realized that the carpet was looking highly neglected. I thought a quick vacuuming of the living room would do the trick, and besides, I thought to myself naively, vacuuming was productive.
4 hours and one very, very clean apartment later, I realized that I had fallen prey to one of the most deadly of blunders: the well-intentioned misappropriation of time.
In life, there are many, many good ways to spend your time. The trick is learning which ways are the best. This challenge can be especially applicable to learning to change. That’s one of the reasons why it is so important to identify Crucial Moments, so you can identify exactly which areas require the most attention.
Oh, and ensure that they aren’t replaced by such tempting distractions as the vacuum.