Please join me in a warm welcome for my personal friend and fellow blogger, Tobi from Simply Jesus Ministries. You may remember the post she shared with us, Can Somebody Stop This Ride? I Want Off.
Today, Tobi shares some excellent advice for a successful New Year. Without any future ado, here she is…
So I just read this blog post and my favorite string of words is…
“Let’s share our words for the growth of those who read them and for the glory of the One who gives them!” -Heather Baker, My Overflowing Cup
The reason that they are my favorite is because above all, I desire to speak and write words that would come from the heart of God sent to touch the hearts of others.
I can live on this earth and be busy all day long, but if my words or actions don’t make a difference, what’s the point?
I am a full-time blogger, so that is the perspective that I am speaking from, but maybe words aren’t your thing. Maybe being a wife and mom is – or maybe you are a wife, mom, and have a full time job.
But no matter what our role or roles are in life, we are all called to do all things for the glory of God.
Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people. Colossians 3:23
I have really felt God putting diligence and organization on my heart lately because life is busy and can be overwhelming and exhausting, if we let it.
If you are a blogger, you know that there is a lot more to blogging than just typing words on a screen. It is research, social media, creating images, networking, and engaging in community.
And if you aren’t a blogger, the list is still crazy long: dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning, work, and Oh, my gosh—what’s for dinner??!
Oh, and keeping up with email (don’t even ask me how many emails I have in my inbox right now…yikes!)
I decided that it was time to come up with a more concrete plan to follow on a daily basis, so I can be more organized, and therefore diligent, and still stay sane along the way.
And because I love you, (and well, because the world needs us to be sane *wink) I am going to share it with you.
Here are my 5 ways to help us be more diligent and organized:
- Fill up Your Spiritual Tank- We all know we need to spend time praying, reading the Word, or even just being quiet for ten minutes in order to have anything worthwhile to offer the rest of the world. I find that doing it first thing has the most impact, but however it works in your schedule, make it happen.
I find that I do better if I have something specific that I am going through, whether it is a devotional or a specific book of the Bible. Time is precious and if I spend half the time trying to figure out what I am going to do, it stresses me out and that defeats the whole purpose.
- Have a Clear Goal- Now that we are filled up spiritually, we need to have a goal; whether it be write three days a week, spend more time giving back to the community, or maybe it is to keep the house picked up and the dishes done. This is important not only so you can plan, but because it is encouraging to accomplish what we set out to do.
- Individualize Your Calendars- I am going to get a separate calendar for each area of my life come this January. My categories will be blog, children’s ministry, and personal. Yours will probably be different, but you get the idea. The reason I have decided to do this is because I think it will just be easier to keep the stress level down if I am not weeding through a thousand things to see what I have scheduled.
Here is a Free Printable Calendar that I am going to use this year: http://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2014/11/free-printable-calendar-for-2015.html
- Create Daily Lists- I have a weekly list for everything: my menu plan, my blog schedule, and my church responsibilities. They include a list of tasks that need to be accomplished during the course of a week.
I have also discovered that I really need a daily list for certain areas of my life, such as housekeeping and blogging.
Weekly lists tend to be a bit overwhelming and I find it easier to avoid procrastination if I have a shorter daily list in front of me. Besides, who doesn’t feel better when you can cross off all or most of the tasks on your list every day? (It reminds me of the Friends episode where Monica is checking stuff off her list…CHECK!)
- Remember that perfection is over rated- Remember that we don’t have to be perfect, and we won’t always get everything done. Don’t forget to show yourself grace, and remember what the Nester, author of The Nesting Place always says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Well, there you have them! Here is to enjoying a more organized 2015 as we seek to follow God and be diligent to what He has called us to do.
Because of Him,
I love coffee and curling up with a good book, Jesus, my family and friends, not necessarily in that order. I write about all kinds of different things from blog posts about life in general, to book reviews, and devotions on simplyjesusministries.com
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