God has given each one of us enough time daily to be what He intended for us to be. Do you find yourself chasing the end of the day and wishing the day was longer than the 24 hours? Calm down. Take a deep breath and regroup your thoughts. I use the below questions to test the things I want to do in order for me to stay on track in making my 24 hours count daily.
1. Are You Competing?
School, sports and the general outlook from society has ingrained a competitive spirit in all of us. Competition is not necessary for you to achieve your goals. The other person is working from their planned targets and you are working from yours. What then is the basis of you competing with them. If your To Do list is determined by the desire to keep up with the Joneses or to be like or outdo someone else then you are putting unnecessary stress on yourself. Work to fulfill YOUR purpose daily, not to outshine anyone.
2. Are You Trying To Be Perfect?
Wanting to do everything perfectly will cause you to do nothing. For a start, perfection is an illusion. Aim for excellence instead. Stop frustrating yourself by wanting to be perfect. Excellence comes from learning processes. You can never achieve excellence in one incident or event. Experience is the best teacher. Get up and do what needs to be done. You will make mistakes. Without those mistakes you can never learn. So just do it! The more you do, the more skilled you become. That is excellence.
3. Are You Trying To Be All Things To All People?
NO is a good word coming out of your mouth. Do not give hasty answers. When asked to do something, ask for time to think if necessary. If you cannot do it then say NO. If the person unfriends you because of your NO, then maybe it was time for them to show their true colors where your relationship is concerned. Do not be afraid to say NO if it is the best decision for you to make at the time.
4. Are The Children In Your House Sacred Cows?
If you have children, pay attention here. These days with children’s rights being highlighted left right and centre, many parents and guardians are afraid to give house work to their children. There are daily chores that children can do in the house in line with their ages. Fit your children into the family’s daily upkeep schedule. By being involved that way, they too will learn how to plan their day. They will learn responsibility and accountability. You will have more time to do that which only you can do. Ladies, your spouse is not a child, but they too can be asked to chip in with the house chores. Just be wise and smart about how you ask them.
5. Are You Playing Enough?
Recreation is an important part of a productive life. Too much work and no play will make you a boring and frustrated person. Do not be too serious about life. Laugh, take breaks, play, go on vacation. Punctuate your daily routine with moments of fun and relaxation. Be light hearted about your duties and any challenges you meet. Use the Pomodoro Technique when having episodes of intense work. Plan for vacations to be rewards for the big milestones that you achieve from those intense work episodes. Looking forward to the reward will make you work more diligently.
6. Are You Recharging Your Spiritual Batteries Daily?
This question should have been at the top of the list. Final words last longer so here is my final word for today. Start your day with time spent with God in meditation and prayer. My favourite book says “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established” – Proverbs 16:3. The wisdom that I get in seeking for counsel from God at the start of my day has made me more efficient and organized. Additionally, it is comforting to know that I have the highest power in the universe as my ally to deal with forces and circumstances beyond my control.
Keep these six questions in front of you all the time as you plan your activities for the day and 24 hours will always be enough for what you want to accomplish.
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Nomusa is a loving mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful God praising network marketing business owner.