9
May

Priorities

   Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

I start a two-week vacation in one week.  My schedule is crazy next week, so I had to put my nose to the grindstone this week to get prepared for my two-week absence.  Its amazing how much work can get done when we’re under pressure.  Someone said that the most productive work day of the year is the last day before vacation.

Why do we allow so many other non-essentials to take up our time, but when we’re forced to action, the priorities rule?  Perhaps its a discipline issue.  Here are some suggestions for getting the priorities done:

1) Determine what your priorities are.  What has to be done today, what can wait until tomorrow, and what can really wait until next week, and then work on them in that order.

2) Delegate what someone else can do.  You need to do what only you can do, and ask for help in areas where others can help.

3) Don’t allow non-priorities like a phone call or email to side-track you from your priorities.  Return those calls and emails when they fit your schedule, not the other way around.

4) Don’t become bogged down by the process.  Some of us are good leaders but bad managers.  The task ahead looks overwhelming so we don’t know where to start.  Solicit help on the how-to if that’s your problem.  Some people excel at the process.

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Tara Lilly
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Thanks for the advice, I can use it to work on some areas of my life. My only thoughts that would be in disagreement would be where our “priorities” as we know them become more important than people. I think God puts people ahead of most of the tasks I think are extremely important. In my own growth I am finding that if I am listening, the Holy Spirit is often trying to sidetrack me from my busyness to be a good Samaritan, or stop and pray for someone when it was “outside” my plans for my own time. This is a delicate balance, but it’s not impossible with the Lord’s help. There is a middle ground between flying by the seat of our pants all the time without structure, and being so results-oriented that we are too busy to recognize when God is calling. Maybe I’ll never get there but I’m trying. It seems like there are people and responsibilities pulling in every direction all the time, but the only thing that is really fulfilling is the stuff God wants me to do-and that stuff never seems to be on my agenda! I welcome your additional thoughts! 🙂

May 9th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

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