I work in an environment that prides itself on self-management, growth and development. There seems to be a never ending supply of courses, classes, events, seminars and webinars. All aimed to help every associate move forward in productivity and progress. A few months back, I attended a Leadership Management seminar. The objective of the seminar was to aid leaders on how to manage their time, their people, and their projects.
While attending the seminar, we were given a few principles to apply to our work life that could support us as we manage the countless tasks associated with our positions. Oddly enough, weeks ago, I began a principle based women’s study on Sabbath rest that enforced some of the very same concepts visited during the seminar. With the help of both, the seminar and the theological concepts God provided through the release of the Israelites from Egypt <Exodus 1>, I am learning to better work through what is most important to do, and elect to do those things.
Thought to Ponder: Prioritizing can increase Sabbath time.
The majority of us have a two bucket view. We have the things we believe to be needs/necessity, then we have the things we perceive to be wants. Since I have deemed everything I do to be important, and I usually feel that everything really does need to be done, I have now put all my “To Do’s” in one bucket. Actually,… all our “To Do’s” come with a certain amount of value. At any moment, every item on our list can fall into the need category, depending on the day or the time.
Now, spend some time determining how important each “To Do” is to you. If you are like me and believe all your items are important, this process may take a while. * High Items = urgent, required, critical. * Medium Items = required eventually; but can wait till later. *Low Items = would be nice to have.
After determining the importance of your items, then prayerfully decide which ranking best fit each task.
*Essential – This item is currently not adequate and must be changed immediately.
*Conditional – This item can be changed or improved. However, it does not qualify as inadequate if it is left as is.
*Optional – This item may or may not be worth the time or the effort.
Even though I am not at all fond of 1-2-3 step answers, I pray this model give you a more clear view of your ever growing “To Do” list. But remember, even as you work out the details …
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” <Proverbs 16:9>