Let us begin with an activity.
Take a piece of paper and make a list of all the things that you find yourself doing that don’t really make a significant difference: going shopping, doing your hair, changing the oil in your car, watching the news and the list goes on. Are you done? Good. Let’s move on.
Now, on the other side of the piece of paper, make a list of all the things that are truly and eternally important: knowing God, spending time with family and friends, personal growth, praying and the list goes on. Done? Good.
My advice to you is not to give your life to the things that don’t really make a significance. Focus on the second list and stay there. This is not to mean that the things on the 1st list don’t matter, they do. What I am saying is that they don’t require all your time and attention and therefore spend as little time on these matters as possible.
What am I trying to do here? I am trying to help you prioritize and decide what is really important in life and what is not. Once you make that decision, discipline yourself and focus on what is important. As Steve Covey rightly put it “Keep the main thing, the main thing”. You should be concerned with being productive and not merely being busy. Many of us are so busy running around that at the end of the day if you are asked what you accomplished, you will not be able to state this with certainty. You will find that many leaders will be very busy but not productive and more importantly, they are not consistent with this productivity. This then means as leaders we end up being reactive as opposed to being proactive. You find that you respond to what comes your way as opposed to thinking things through ahead of time and choosing what is more important at any given time.
I have come to the realization in my own personal life that I can’t be everywhere and I can’t do everything. I find my plate very full and this has taught me to make choices. Saying yes to one thing means saying no to something else. Saying yes to less is one of my goals. I say no to lots of things so that I can say yes to the things that have significant eternal value.
I diligently cultivate my relationship with Jesus Christ and I have clarity of Purpose. However, Purpose is not worth anything to me if I don’t have an intimate and close relationship with the Purpose giver. Prioritizing helps protect my relationship with God and my Purpose.
My friends, what I have come to learn and appreciate in my life as a leader is that if I do not plan and prioritize, a significant number of people will create a plan for me and I will be swayed left and right depending on the direction the wind is blowing.
My prayer for you dear leader in matters prioritizing is “That the Lord your God may show you the way you should go and the thing that you should do”.
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