Don’t you hate the days when you come home after working 8 – 12 grueling hours & when you ask yourself “What did I even do today?” you arrive at the ever frustrating answer, “I don’t know, but I know I worked hard.” I have been there way too much for my liking, but thank God for change! Let me give you 4 easy steps to turn the dreadful question, “Where did my day go?” into a question of great fulfillment.
Have a Plan
It is easy to go throughout the day & be pulled from one thing to another without even wanting too. The reality is that your day will do exactly what you want it to do. You have to be intentional to focus for your day, not expect your day is going to focus for you. Make a plan for your next day before you go to bed or as soon as you wake up. Your minutes are soldiers & you are the general, where are you directing them?
Implement Your Plan
Implementation can be one of the easiest things to theorize & hardest to practice, but you have to do it! A great plan is meaningless if you don’t follow through. Prepare your heart & mind to make intentional decisions to stick to your plan throughout the day. You can’t do everything, know everything, or connect with everybody. Focus on your plan, put it into action; step by step, piece by piece, & second by second. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Pause to Reflect
Push the pause button. Set specific moments throughout the day to reflect on the progress you are making. This will allow you to reevaluate your plan for the rest of your day. Are you making the progress you wanted? Do you need to rearrange your schedule to ensure your priorities are being accomplished? Move things accordingly.
Remember, God is in Control
Breathe. While it is true that, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as sure as haste leads to poverty,” (Proverbs 21:5), it is also true that, “Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails,” (Proverbs 19:2). Ultimately you can rest in the reality that God is in control of your day, even when you feel like you aren’t. Things will come up, interruptions & distractions will try to knock you off track. Don’t freak out, just refocus your heart & mind on God’s rule over your day & refocus on your plan.
You don’t have to leave work frustrated, go to bed anxious, or wake up dreading another day. Take control of your day, minutes, & seconds. It’s time for greater fulfillment through intentional daily living.
Let’s Do This Together:
What is the hardest part of making a plan for your day, week, month, or year & sticking to it? How can you change that today?