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Manic? Make a list.

Aug 18, 2013

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Hello Friends,

I hope this Monday finds you well rested and ready for the week and if not, I hope this post brings you a moment of encouragement.

My morning work routine is usually…well…routine. I heat up a bowl of oatmeal, pour a cup of coffee and open up my computer to conquer my inbox. At the same time I start compiling my action plan for the day in my spiral-bound notebook.

I write down everything I think of…emails to send…people to call…orders to fulfill…questions to ask. If it runs across my mind I write it down.

This bulleted list is so handy! Whenever I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, or inevitably get distracted, I just look at my list and suddenly I’m back on course. I know the next step to take and what to focus my attention on.

One day last week I didn’t make a list. It resulted in sporadic burst of productivity mixed with chasing a lot of rabbit trails. Although I was busy, I didn’t have my usual satisfaction of a day well spent.

This got me thinking, “If I can’t even get through a workday without a detailed plan, what does my life look like?”

Sure, I have a calendar that I refer to and a running todo list for my personal life, but what about the big stuff?

Dreams in my heart?

Personal development?

Spiritual growth?

If my unplanned workday is an example of what can happen when I’m not focused then it seems like there may be a strong possibility that all of these areas are lacking focus too.

This is not the abundant life I are designed for. In fact, I think God is all about plans…

“…Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.” Habakkah 2:2 NIV,

” Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18 KJV,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV.

This really challenged me, and I pray that it stirs your heart too.

So I wrote down the things that are on my heart. I wrote down the vision I have for my life and made it clear so I wouldn’t be confused. Whenever I am overwhelmed I can easily look back and remind myself of what He has told me. I’m not lost. I haven’t missed it

I encourage you to consider a vision for your life. If you need a little help getting started, here are a few questions to help:

What am I most passionate about?

What would I do even if I never got paid?

What do I want to do most?

What is my biggest dream?

What is the Lord saying to me?

If you ask, He is faithful to answer.

Be encouraged and have a productive Monday.