It’s the beginning of the year and maybe you are trying to get all your ducks in a row. My husband and I direct a 24/7 ministry and live on site at this ministry. We are busy. Just like you we struggle with time management, priorities and just getting that to do list done sometimes. Here’s a few ideas that I’ve found help me:
1.Make a list– You don’t need a fancy planner to make lists. I do believe in calendars, but that’s another blog. Paper that can’t be used because of mistakes can be cut into squares. These papers become “to do” lists. You may have a planner or use the notes in your phone or other apps. Whatever you use, you will find there’s a sense of accomplishment for every task marked off or deleted.
2.Set a timer – Most of us have cells phones and there’s an option of a clock on it. When I’m pressured for time, I use the timer. Setting the timer moves my focus from all that needs to be done. The focus moves to the task that is being done, then, at that moment. It never ceases to amaze me the satisfaction that comes after a 20 minute time frame. Repeat as needed.
3.Turn on background music – Calm music gives me a sense of being in charge and being the manager of my world. When I’m pressured, I lose that sense. Quiet music can help restore it.
4. Pray – You know from previous posts that the morning quiet time is something I believe in. But I carry my time with the Lord all through the day. One way I do this is by talking out loud to the Lord in prayer. Have you ever paused to ask the Lord to redeem the time? Or maybe you lose something. When this happens, I just say, “Lord, I can’t find it, but I know you know where it is, so help me to see it.” Most of the time, I find the thing in no time flat. Somehow, when I don’t call on the Lord, I find frustration instead, but hardly ever my item.
5.Listen to inspiring things – If you are running errands, choose carefully what you let in your brain. That car time can get the best of you. You can end up getting road rage or thinking poor thoughts. I focus your mind on beautiful music, or use my phone to listen to the Bible. Audio books that are wholesome and take me to a pleasant place is another option for me.
I hope this list is helpful. Not all days are going to be productive in terms of a list. I’ve sat at my desk at the end of a day and not one thing on my list was marked off. That’s when I think the Lord had another plan for that day.
But do everything properly and in order. I Corinthians 14:40