Do you ever wonder how you can possibly accomplish everything you want to in a day?
I once heard Dave Ramsey say that “we shouldn’t ask, ‘what do I have to squeeze into my day to get this done, but what do I have to give up to accomplish this?'”
All day every day we are prioritizing our activities, both by what we do and by what we don’t do. We often make those decisions “on the fly” rather than putting thought into the most valuable way to use our time.
Unfortunately, sometimes the tasks that are most important don’t cry out for our attention – like Bible reading and prayer time, or even working on long-term projects that will benefit us and our families.
With the busy lives that most of us lead, it’s hard to finish all that we want to do. Sometimes it’s helpful to start the day by looking ahead to its end; in other words, when you go to bed that night, what will you want to look back on and feel good about having accomplished? Those responsibilities become your priorities for the day, so tackling them in the morning will ensure that you fulfill them. You may have to give up other opportunities, but you’ll have made sure that the important things are completed.
I must confess that I’m writing this for myself today. I feel a bit overwhelmed by what I need to get done, so I will definitely need to put this into practice now!