Welcome to today’s edition of You Asked For It!
Our topic today was requested by Roshonda at Just Sum Inspiration!
Have you ever found yourself with a billion ideas and items on your “to-do” list, and for all of your effort, you find that at the end of the day, you have hardly a thing to show for it?
Sometimes it can seem like in trying to get everything done, we end up not getting much of anything done.
So how do we get through a day with our priorities in check and our tasks completed?
1. Start With The Lord
It’s easy to let our time with God slip to the wayside as we contemplate our busy day ahead. But the most important thing we can do is keep that daily time with God sacred and our first priority.
Many times, when we are focused on the cares of this world, we loose sight of what is really important. We begin to imagine that the cleaning and the errands and endless household tasks are our main objectives. But is our first and foremost role that of a maid? Or a cook?
We are first a Christian, and God deserves and desires that time with us.
We are second a spouse (for those who are married) and a parent (for those with children), and those people need quality time and attention.
Let’s not allow those most important people to be neglected on the sidelines while we hurry to serve the demands of the inanimate.
Those first moments of the day with the Lord will help to realign our hearts and minds to the eternal priorities before us.
2. Make A List
I, personally, am a list-maker. It helps me to see everything written out, and it is encouraging to mark things off as they get done.
Many things seem “urgent,” but would really be fine waiting a day or two. Now that’s not a promotion of procrastination, but a reminder that not everything HAS to be done TODAY.
I would recommend writing out all of the tasks you can think of that you want/need to get done in the near future. For example:
- Do the laundry
- Make dinner
- Take child to practice
- Clean out the fridge
- Write this week’s blog post
- Paint my nails
- Sweep the floors
- Pick up some groceries
Then, go back through, and put a star by the ones that need to be done today. Would it be nice to have your nails painted before your meeting tomorrow? Sure. But does that NEED to get done? Likely not. But your family has to eat, so dinner needs to be a “today” item.
Priorities may change from day to day. If you’ve allowed laundry to slip for a few days because other things were more urgent, today may be a good day to go ahead and just do it. Maybe that means foregoing a scroll through facebook, but your family will thank you when they don’t smell like day-old sweat.
It may help you to plan for the whole week, laying out when each task on your list will get done. Maybe an actual planner would help you to see everything laid out. Whatever method you choose, just make sure that you differentiate between what is actually urgent and what is a filler.
3. Stick To The Plan
Inevitably there will be things that we did not plan for, but demand a presence in our schedule. Don’t be afraid to say “no” sometimes.
And while we all need to have (maybe even schedule) time to rest, be smart. If you know that sitting down to watch an episode on Netflix will turn into a six-hour binge fest, maybe find a different way to relax. Unless you regularly spare 6 hours every day to watch TV. And if that’s the case, might I suggest that cutting that down may help your overall time and priorities delima?
But for real, just keep an eye on how much of your time you spend on things that may not further your goals. Facebook, Instagram, TV, games on your phone…these all can be major time stealers if we let them!
So here’s the whole enchilada – allow the Lord to first reorder your priorities, then list out what you want and need to accomplish, and finally, don’t let yourself get distracted.
Now go and crush your week! You’ve got this!
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