**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? “

To start at the beginning and read the articles in order click here


I’m back with three more tips for you today. Some build on what we’re already talked about, some we’ll develop further as we go.

Use a list

Or, if you’re like me, use a list of all your notebooks, in which you keep all of your other lists.
I do have a lot of lists. I don’t consult every list every day. Some are seasonal, some are for planning purposes, some are standing grocery lists. And the list goes on! Lists help keep you on track for whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish. Start with a simple “To Do” list. Write it in the evening, for the next day. Only include the things you really think you can do in a day. If you’ve only included those things you really can do in one day, you won’t end up with a list of 20 things done and 30 things to do and somehow decide that you’ve failed!

Tackle the list throughout the day. Sometimes you have to “do the worst first” and get it crossed off the list. Then all the other things will seem like a walk in the park. Having it written down helps get it out of your brain and into a plan of action. Now you can focus on actually doing the things on your list instead of using your brain to run through the list again!

Know what you are to be doing and what your gifts are

Whenever you choose to do something, you choose not to do something else. Use this as a guide when deciding on which activities will make it onto your calendar. Ask yourself, “If I do this, what will I not be able to do?”

Choose those things that support who you are as an individual and as a family. Allow your God-designed personality and passions to lead you to the things you are to be doing, and away from those He has appointed for someone else.

Know your children and choose those things that support who they are. There are way too many options out there for things for your children to learn and do, especially if you live in a populated area. Choose only those things that really fit your child’s gifts and interests, these are the things that will help lead them into their calling.

Allow your priorities to dictate your schedule

At the end of the day, when you’ve done all you can, and you look around and find that you haven’t done nearly enough, what did you miss?And what did you do instead? Its a matter of not just having priorities, but honoring those priorities when you make choices throughout your day. You need to know what it is that you are to be about and then set about doing it, leaving all else aside.
Sometimes its the failure to “leave all else aside” that gets us off balance. Its hard to say “no”, whether its to a committee leader at church, or to our own momentary desires. It’s easy to fill our days with many good things, it takes careful thought and selective planning to make sure we fill them with only the best.


That’s it for today. Come back next week and we’ll talk about margin and rest.