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I wasn’t going to blog today, but after rereading Sarah Young’s devotion for about the 4th time yesterday, I just couldn’t mentally step away from it. There is just too many jewels in there to not bring attention to it.

DO NOT BE WEIGHED DOWN by the clutter in your life: lots of little chores to do sometime, in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them all out of the way, you will discover that they are endless. They can eat up as much time as you devote to them. Instead of trying to do all your chores at once, choose the ones that need to be done today. Let the rest slip into the background of your mind, so I can be in the forefront of your awareness. Remember that your ultimate goal is living close to Me, being responsive to My initiatives. I can communicate with you most readily when your mind is uncluttered and turned toward Me. Seek My Face continually throughout this day. Let My Presence bring order to your thoughts, infusing Peace into your entire being.

This devotion is one that pertains to me daily. I struggle with paying attention to the small, petty tasks over seeking God’s presence in my life.

Sarah mentions something that I have found is the key to productivity: prioritizing. She says it like this: “Choose the ones that need to be done today, let the rest slip into the background of your mind.” In other words, take care of the highest priority items first, then you will be more productive. Andy Stanley says it this way: “Priority Determines Capacity”.

In studying the use of time, I also came across this jewel (can’t recall the author):

  • When determining your task list, break up the tasks into items that take under one hour to complete. If you have a large task at the top of your list; like “Write English Lit paper”, you will be tempted not to jump in because of the size of the task. Instead break it up into manageable parts that can be completed in under an hour. Maybe “Draft outline of paper” or “Find references for Lit paper”. You will be more likely to get these tasks done instead of the larger single task.
  • Always prioritize every task. Even when you break down your tasks, always prioritize every task and always work from your highest priority down. This will assure that you are spending your time in the most productive way.

I have yet to find a software application that will suffice in handling my day-to-day tasks, but a notebook written in pencil never fails. I’m still working on finding a good program though.

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