I’m not type-A. I wish sometimes that God would have made me this way, because it seems that life would be easier. (I know this is completely untrue, but these are feelings talking.) Obviously, God made all of us different so we could help balance each other out. But, being laid-back has been one of my biggest downfalls when it comes to being more task-oriented. I would rather do what “comes to me.” What I feel like doing. I don’t naturally have this urgency to make a list of goals and then stick to it just so I can mark them off. It seems too confining. I know I have things that need to be done, I have them in my head, and I try to complete each one.
For instance, I know I have to cook dinner, do the laundry, clean the house, write my blog posts, take care of my children, and whatever else needs to be done. I do get some of it done, but not nearly as much as I would like. But, as a result, I feel like I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Lots of activity! Not much productivity.
I know that the key is to set some goals and take the steps necessary to accomplish them. In other words, think like a type-A person. In my previous post, I highlighted a few people who are organized and get a lot done. I know that two of them are type-A, task-oriented people. Making a list and sticking to it are an important aspect of their success.
So, how can someone who doesn’t feel the urgency come to a place where they see the need to become more task-oriented? I’ve thought a lot about this and it comes down to just a few simple things:
- One day we will stand before God and give an account of the time He gave us. No excuses will be accepted.
- We only have one life with very few days. How will I spend the minutes of those days?
- Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in deciding how to prioritize. A problem that I have is that I get distracted easily. I want to try this or that and then I don’t get nearly as much done as I know I should have.
- After asking the Holy Spirit for guidance, I write down on a pad of paper my list of goals I want to accomplish this year. (This is called the airplane view.)
- Then, I figure out how I will go from the airplane view to the ground view. This requires breaking the yearly goals down to daily goals.
- By looking at the daily goals, I can write a list of the things I need to do this week to work toward my yearly goal.
Let’s look at the last one a bit more. One of my goals this year is to memorize with my children the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount has 157 verses. That’s the year’s perspective.
Let’s move to the month’s perspective. How many verses would we have to memorize each month? I just divide 157 by 12 and I get the month’s number. It’s 13.
Okay, let’s move to the week’s perspective. I would divide 13 by 4 because there’s approximately 4 weeks in a month. That number of verses per week is 3. (I know I could have done it quicker by just dividing the number of verses by 52 because that’s how many weeks there are in a year, but I wanted to demonstrate how to break it down monthly and then weekly.)
This makes the task so much simpler. I have the big picture in the back of my mind, but I have the smaller one in front of me in the form of my list.
The problem which occurs for me is, I get all excited about my goals and then after a few weeks, I move on to other things. But, I don’t want that to happen again. I want to stay focused and see the end of my goals.
How do I do this? I don’t want to be overly simplistic, but at the beginning of it all is the knowledge that I must keep up my walk with the Lord. I cannot neglect this, because I know if I do, I will lose sight of the fact that I will stand responsible before Him for what I’ve done. (I don’t mean to insinuate that we should be shaking in our boots with fear. Not at all. But at the same time, we should remember that our lives do not belong to us. Jesus purchased us at a very high cost.)
Now that we have the relationship aspect down, we need to look at how will we set up our time to be the most productive. The truth is, everyone has a different method that works for them. This is why I mentioned those wonderfully talented people yesterday.
Which one works for me? I’m still in the trial and error mode. Last night I made a basic, daily schedule and truthfully, it already needs revamping. But I will say this. I’ve found that I’m already being more productive just by having a schedule and by focusing on one thing at a time. Setting that 15 minute timer is a gem of an idea! Thank you, Henry!!
No more listening to a podcast while I’m trying to write a blog post. Even though I still got it done, but it took much longer. I will, though, listen to a podcast while I’m cleaning. Not much brain-power needed there!
If there is anything that you’ve found to have helped you in this area of making wise use of your time, jot it down in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
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