**This article is part of an ongoing series of posts taken from my book “How do I Get it all Done …and Still Have Time to Enjoy it? “
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Apply what he has shown you
Getting it all done is no longer an impossible dream lurking in the back or your mind, making you feel like a failure, when you take the time to discern just what it is that your are supposed to be doing. When God gives you an assignment he doesn’t leave you alone. He equips you with whatever you need to accomplish what he has called you to do.
This is an ongoing process because of the fact that life moves quickly, with new opportunities every day. It doesn’t have to be a long, difficult process though, once you have the foundation in place. You can make decisions in minutes if you train yourself to think it through and compare the choice at hand to your predetermined priorities.
Do you ever look up an realize your schedule is too full? You know something has to change but you don’t know what. How about when someone asks you to do something, do you say yes (or no) right away? Or do you consider it in light of your priorities? Maybe you’re in a season of life that is leaving you kind of bored, and you’re looking for something fulfilling to do. Here are some questions that can help you get started on the right track when it comes to making those practical, day-to -day decisions.
Deciding your agenda in general:
What is important to God?
What is important to you?
What is important to your husband?
What is it that you truly want to get done?
What is a successful day for you?
When presented with an opportunity, ask the following:
Does it support my most important priorities?
Does it honor and help my husband?
Does it allow me to give my best to my children ?
Does it use my gifts and talents, or is it contrary to my individual design?
Does the particular timing work well with my schedule or does it subject me and my family to chaos?
Is this the season in which I should be doing this activity?
Is there someone else who needs to use her gifts here instead of me?
When deciding how to spend your free time:
Is it God- honoring? (I hope you do believe that your free time can be honoring to God. He doesn’t want you always working. God wants you to rest and to enjoy your life)
Is it truly something that brings me joy and refreshment?
Is it building up the person that I want to be?
Am I being responsible to not let my free time bleed into other parts of my day?
Add the questions that you think are important to this list. Use them any time you need to bring order to your day, or make a new decision. You’ll find yourself only pursuing God’s best. You won’t be overwhelmed with too much because he won’t give you too much. And because you are choosing his will for you, you will have joy, peace, satisfaction and balance.