Busy? Got more to do than time to do it? WANT to do the very best things…BUT!
Oh! We want to BUILD a godly home…but, oh, uh, we are just SO busy!
How do we slow down in a very busy, busy, push, push world? How do we save more time so we can truly build into our family? Here are some ideas that I pray will help you to get things done…well…the BEST things. 🙂
–> Don’t let the urgent crowd out the important. The urgent tends to wage war against the most important. It screams much, much louder.Already heard it today? It demands our attention. It stomps its feet. Plus, it steals away time and you don’t even notice it until MUCH time has just flown by! Be on guard! Don’t let the urgent crowd out the important. Constantly remind yourself of what is REALLY important. Look at life from an eternal perspective. What really counts? What will matter when all is said and done? What can you AND ONLY YOU do? Stick with the important. Stick with the eternal. Watch the urgent get in its proper place.
–> Work at YOUR pace! Find a pace that is stimulating, but not stressful. For me, I will dawdle and lose time if I don’t have a pretty intense list of things to do each day. You may be just like me! OR, you may be the exact opposite and crumble with a big list of things to do. You may get more done if you have ONE THING that you are doing with intense focus. Know YOUR pace. Let everyone else move at their own pace. But, decide now to work at your own pace without looking around at others. Find that pace that moves forward and gets the very best things done.
–> Be picky about commitments. Be sure to choose extra commitments very carefully. Remember that for everything that you add, something must go. You cannot do it all. Eventually, something is neglected. Eventually, something suffers. Want to know what it usually is? You have got it! Our family, our relationship with God, taking care of ourselves, and reaching out to others. The very things that mean the most to us. That makes choices of what we do or choose to do very important! Get too many and the only option is overload! Overload pushes us down the track toward a big crash. Be very, very picky about all you commit to do. You only get this time once.
–> Get and stay organized! I find that it only takes a few things to make my life run a whole lot smoother: an overall daily plan, a plan for keeping organized/clean, a place for everything, and a personal organizer (WITH me all the time—I call my organizer “my personal brain-in-a-binder!” It contains my lists of to-do’s, my life goals (to constantly keep my perspective on track!), contact information, details that give my brain a rest, and even space for me to jot down those ideas/articles/more details!). Take some time to really think about what would help you to GET ORGANIZED. If getting organized is no problem or once it is not a problem, then look at what will help you to stay organized. You will accomplish so much more that is WORTHWHILE when the distractions are gone!
–> Add variety to your routine! Would you believe that studies show that those who accomplish the most usually have a nice variety of tasks in their routine? Yep! Actually, they have regular breaks and a good variety of tasks in each day. Monotony and boredom not only limit us, but reduce productivity. So! Give yourself a break! Literally!
–> Find a mentor. There is nothing like a friend to help you keep your perspective through the thick and thin of life! Find someone who believes in you and is willing to help you stay on track. Be sure to also look for someone who will encourage you to set and keep godly priorities. Most of all, find someone who will hold you accountable!
–> Be nice to yourself! Yep! Especially if you want to stick it out for the long-haul! Slow down! Keep a do-able pace! Stay balanced! Constantly look at your priorities and prune anything that conflicts with them! Schedule in fun, recreation, and most of all, quiet time! Learn new, fun things that you would like to learn! Have fun! You will find that you will get much, much more done—and it will count!
So…what do you think?
Want to get things done? What has distracted you along the way? What hinders you the most? What can you do TODAY to overcome the distractions and hindrances? It is SO worth it.
Find what will help you to slow down in this busy, hurried, pushy world. Get the BEST things done!