As children of God and the Holy Spirits dwelling place it’s important that all areas of our lives reflect the goodness of God. We have to let our lights shine so those around us want what we have.
When we take the time to plan we avoid the mishaps that come form lack of planning. If you read the last couple of posts you know that planning needs to happen with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, with God directing our steps.
Use these 10 Planning Tips for Busy People + your Holy Spirit/God team to tackle any and everything in your life. We’ve got a great infographic with these 10 Tips at the end of the post. and put it on your desk or fridge.
Set yourself up for success and let your light shine brightly for God.
- Get enough Sleep – You can’t be productive and do all God has for you if you’re exhausted and dragging. Schedule sleep just like everything else in your life. Give yourself a bedtime and stick to it.
2. Just say “No” – Saying no to things is tough but you’ve gotta do it. When you say no you free up time to say “yes” to the things that really matter.
3. Set Daily Goals – Daily goals are important but must be achievable. I’m a huge fan of to-do lists but they’re useless if you aren’t realistic about what you can accomplish each day. Give yourself some grace. Ask the Holy Spirit what goals He wants for each day.
4. Don’t Multitask – Ugh!! Guilty as charged and I know better. The research is solid on this one. We get more done and do it better when our focus is only on one thing. Got that? Don’t text while talking to your kids, don’t plan dinner while you’re completing a project at work. One thing at a time. Period.
5. Throw out Perfectionism – Yes, yes, We should do everything in a way that pleases and honors God but you’re human. Being human means you’re far from perfect (sorry to burst your bubble). When you stop thinking you’ve gotta look and do everything perfectly, you’ve allowed yourself grace. Give everything your best but keep in step with the Holy Spirit – ask Him to give you the strength and direction for everything you’re doing. When we rely on God to direct us the results are in His hands and not ours.
6. Back Away From the Internet – Your phone, tablet, laptop, watch…everything. We all know a quick check of Facebook or Instagram turns into hours of wasted time. Schedule mindless internet time but do not allow it to consume time you don’t have. Just like you set limits on your kids’ screen time, set limits on your own.
7. Have Fun – If you’re anxious and stressed out you’re not going to be very productive. You’re too busy worrying about things to actually focus on what needs done. Cast your cares on God and be anxious for nothing. Instead schedule at least one fun activity per day.
Take a minute and think about what makes you laugh, what you enjoy and don’t have time for and then schedule fun into your day. Even if it’s only 10 minutes it’ll be enough to reset your mind. Laughter is medicine after all.
8. Let Go of Other People’s Stuff – Ever say “nevermind, I’ll do it myself”? Me too. Stop doing that. Doesn’t matter if it’s at home or work, Don’t take on responsibilities that shouldn’t be or aren’t yours. Let other people handle their own responsibilities.
9. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate – This can be tough, especially when you feel like it won’t get done right unless you do it yourself. Problem is, other’s won’t learn how to do things right unless you let them try. Give clear instructions, ensure they understand the expectations, and walk away.
Let the other person handle whatever it is. This is a great teaching tool for kids and a necessary part of great work environments. Delegating doesn’t mean defeat, it means you’re making super use of your time and those God’s put around you.
10. Make Great Use of Google Calendar – Plan everything and share your calendar with anyone who needs to know what’s going on. When you’ve got things scheduled you’re more likely to get them done.
Schedule your sleep, your meals, everything in the above 9 points, schedule everything. Start with the most important non-negotiable things: sleep, self-care (meals, physical activity, fun breaks), work, appointments and then fill in the less important things.
Always leave a wee bit of free time and remember, it’s better to schedule more vs less time to get things done. Who doesn’t love an extra 5 or 10 minutes at the end of a day?
We look forward to chatting with you next week. God bless!