“I am busy.”

I hear people say that all the time. Whether they are in school, working in a corporate setting or serving in vocational church ministry, people can get caught up in a flurry of activities. They face ever-increasing demands on their time and succumb to the pressure to perform efficiently. It is not surprising, therefore, that many people are so absorbed with work that they have no time for anything else. They have no time for anyone else. They are busy.

Inefficient lingering at Singapore Changi Airport with my friend, Lena Wan

If this describes you, may I suggest that you try to incorporate some “inefficient lingering” in your schedule.

  • Take your coffee and lunch breaks as opportunities to build relationships with your colleagues. Don’t talk about work; talk about life.
  • Spend a night every now and then with friends. You don’t have to have an agenda aside from enjoying one another’s company and eating, of course.

You might see these activities as an inefficient use of your time. However, look at these as building and strengthening relationships. Investing in relationships is neither inefficient nor a waste of time. In fact, strong relationships could actually help you become more efficient in your work.

Don’t be too busy for people. Take time for some inefficient lingering with them. Start today. Coffee break is coming up soon.
The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends (Proverbs 11:30 NLT).
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