I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but my husband is very meticulous and thoroughly thorough with all he does. Nothing is done half-way with him. No matter what he is doing, he does it well. I mean, when the guy puts mayonnaise on a sandwich, it is spread with such love and care, one would think that Jesus himself was coming over for a picnic.
I, on the other hand, am completely non-meticulous and absolutely un-thorough. I figure I can get more done with my time if I hurry through jobs. Therefore, I slap sandwiches together, figuring that the mayo will surely smear itself around once it meets the cheese. I don’t measure ingredients when I cook. I don’t always close drawers or cabinets after I grab something out of them. I hate reading instruction manuals, and don’t ever ask me to paint your walls.
And this, my friends, is my secret method for getting a lot accomplished each day. Yes, my advice for you all is to simply do a half-hearted job of everything you do, and no matter what, do not be thorough, especially when making sandwiches. ;)
I’m kidding of course, except for the part about the mayo. Here are my five (real) ideas for ways I have found to accomplish much each day:
1. Get Plenty of Sleep
Cutting out sleep in an effort to give myself more awake hours in the day is actually counter-productive for me. If I focus on getting the sleep I need, I feel much more energetic and can fly through the day getting all kinds of work done.
2. Get Off the Computer/Couch/TV/Phone
There are fantasic benefits to all of the above. But if your time spent on each of them is not productive for your family, your work needs, and most importantly, for God’s Kingdom, get off. The end.
3. Make a List…and Then Do It
Not everyone likes making lists. I get that. But I find that if my to-do list is just swirling around in my head, I simply feel overwhelmed, and instead of plugging away at all I need to do, I feel bound by all I need to do and will, in turn, accomplish nothing. Write it down. Put your to-do list in perspective. Then start knocking it out, one thing at a time.
4. Stay Home
Funny thing about not being home – I can’t get anything done at home when I’m not here. As much as I love being with people, going to ball games, participating in home school activities, etc., I find that I can get so much more accomplished if I prioritize our outside needs and work to be home as much as possible.
We are on this earth to love God and serve his people. Pray for God to show you how to use your time in a productive way that glorifies him. When we are focused on living our life God’s way, much can be accomplished!
And for the record, my husband’s ability to be meticulous is very much appreciated. The paint going up on our living room walls is looking fantastic. Why? Because Matt is doing it, not me. Need I remind you of the slapping that goes on when I make sandwiches? That method is not recommended for wall painting.
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