Thursday, November 10, 2005

Time to pay attention... To time

Tired of working all day and getting nothing done? Then just stop. Not to give up, but rather to follow the old slogan:

"Plan your work. Work your plan."

It is a simple solution. And yes, you risk being interrupted and not getting through your plan. But without a plan, you will never complete a task. If you never complete a task, you will not get anything done. Or fall all over the place trying to find the next thing that needs to be done. Get a plan.

You cannot let the frustration of interruptions in your plan sway you from working on it. In time, you will find it wiser to give your self room for these situations. Is it always possible? No. Is it always foreseeable? No. But the point is you will learn to manage time better if you start trying to manage it at all. I heard someone (My Pastor) say recently that you need to “write it down.” And when things get fuzzy, write it down again. And when it seems out of whack, WRITE IT DOWN AGAIN!!! Work through the unanticipated situations and learn from them.

The scripture says in Pro. 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

So kingdom, home, business, school or whatever you are doing, Get A Vision! “Plan your work.”

Now look at the second part of the slogan. The plan is the “looking down the road part.” And in most ways it is the easy part. Though, it can seem overwhelming seeing all that needs to be done in one instant. But you have to do the second part of the slogan, “Work your plan.” Imagine with me this. You go from looking down on the paper, the plan, to being the size of an ant and start walking down the paper from start to finish. It will be a lot more productive and less overwhelming when you step from item to item in your plan. Step into one part, do it, and move one. You go from a vertical view looking down, to a horizontal view of the page as you go across it.

Take one step at a time, and you will see so much accomplished.

In other words, "Plan your work. Work your plan."