This time of year gets many folks knotted up like pretzels on s food truck. We feel pressured and overwhelmed as our calendar and to do lists full up.
We may ask, “What does God want me to do with our busy schedule? Does He care?” Today’s podcast will give you help with how to navigate those crazy, busy days in a way that will calm your heart and honor God.
You have so much on your plate! It’s easy to feel so stressed by it, that it is counterproductive. Instead of pushing us forward, we are so overwhelmed we give up before we ever get started. In her book, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George shares Twelve tips to help manage our time better. These are simple to implement, and are so effective I think you’ll be blown away at the results!
With tears in her eyes, a sweet friend admitted that her life is “Crazy!” She, like most of us, has so much to do and is overwhelmed with trying to get it all done each day. Her neat lists are made and the appropriate check marks are scratched when the task is completed, but most days, there are plenty of un-done jobs, because there simply aren’t enough hours in each day to do it all!
I totally understand – I’ve been there. But I wonder if for most of us, rather than a need for more time, if one thing that could help would be proper priorities..
We may say that God is first in our life, but does our day back that up? Do we make sure that if nothing else gets done, we’re sure to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer at the beginning of the day? That step alone might save us all kinds of wrong choices in the use of our time. Les Olila said, “My devotions are not a display of my discipline, they are a demonstration of my need for God.” Time with God is essential to the success of my day.
We love our family, but do they really get the next chunk of our time, or is it work, tasks, or friends that are allowed to slide into their time slot? A mopped floor or folded laundry isn’t nearly as important as time spent with your child after school, or a date with your husband so you can really talk uninterrupted. People are more important than things.
We may not think that our techie devices are using up our time, but if your phone was lost for a day, how much more would you accomplish? If Facebook, Instagram, texting or Twitter was removed from your schedule, would you be able to finish a household job that needs to be taken care of? Does your family see the top of your head more often than they see your eyes?
Technology should be a tool, not an inseparable part of my life.
I am only throwing out some suggestions. If this strikes a chord in the misuse of your day, then listen and change, with God’s help. A successful day is more than a page full of check marks. Ask me how I know. =)
You just looked at your “to do list” and it’s a mile long. You’re late for where you’re headed, you haven’t eaten breakfast, the laundry’s piled up waiting to be folded, and then you get a phone call and learn of a friend in need. You also remember the requests that were mentioned in church of hurting people and want to help, but where is there time to be able to minister to others in the busyness of every day life?
Solomon reminds us that there is time for everything…
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecc. 3:1
Perhaps we need to be a little creative so we might make the opportunity to be able to serve others.
One solution would be to find a day or even just part of a day each week that is a little slower than the rest. There has to be at least one – even if it’s on Sunday afternoon. Make that your “ministry day.” It’s not that you can’t minister to people on other days if needed, but make that your time where you really focus on writing cards, making calls or even making a visit. Through the week, keep a list of people that need ministering to, then on that day put your thoughts into action.
You might even use that day to bake some things to put in the freezer for upcoming opportunities to minister. Prepare an extra casserole, batch of cookies or bread so you’ll be prepared to serve others. This will cost you some time, as well as expense, but
Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing. – J.H. Jowett
Stop just wishing you could do something for others and starting planning a day to put your hands busy doing what’s in your heart.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
All those pretty planners that were sold in the month of December or January were so inviting. There were stickers and binders as well as pretty pens to mark up the dates. Did you purchase one? Maybe you got one from Target or ordered a special Erin Condren version. At any rate, how’s it going? Is it still in use? I think it’s easy to get started in those kinds of organizational tools and then let it slip off into the Ocean of Good Intentions.
Sometimes our feelings of being overwhelmed are due to over-scheduling ourselves. Over-scheduling can come from lack of planning, and a lack of planning comes from getting a bit careless. This is true of my own life. I’ll tuck my planner in the cabinet, then start the week off and realize I’m going in circles, and not really sure what needs to be done that day/week. The reason? I didn’t write it down! Why? I was just too lazy to sit down and do it.
If you feel overwhelmed and don’t have a planner, can I encourage you to try some sort of daily list? It can be written in a simple notebook. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy to get you organized. Here’s my strategy:
At the beginning of the week, I fill in all the appointments and daily routines I know I need to do.
Each day I add the other things that I’d like to accomplish, such as blog posts, cleaning, service to others, etc.
As I accomplish each task, I check it off. This lets me realize at the end of the day, that even if some things were left undone, I did get some things completed!
If other things come in and keep you from doing what you’d planned, accept it as the Lord’s intervention and go with it! If you give each day to Him, your time is not your own and He will allow you to do what is necessary.
If you find you’re not getting things done and there was no “Divine Intervention,” make sure to look over your day and see where you’re wastitng time. You might want to
Limit social media until after noon or after those tasks are completed.
Get up earlier, if possible.
Try to work on a time schedule – write out the time in the day when you think you should be on that next task.
Proverbs 28:19a He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread
Hard work pays off. If we forget to “till the land” (prepare for a future time) we will feel overwhelmed with everything that is left undone. A little tilling now will allow you to reap more than just bread! You’ll reap the blessing of a rested heart.
Do you use a planner each day or do you need to start one?