I have chosen my One-Word for 2017.
Do you choose a word for each year?
My word for 2016 was “position”, and while I tend to be very critical of myself and my accomplishments, looking back I feel I did quite well positioning myself to be more open to the Lord and to those around me.
But, I feel that there is still so much more room for improvement.
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I find that I can do one or two things well. Add any more plates to this juggling act and we have a mess on the floor – if you get what I’m talking about.
But as a wife and mom who works at home and leads an online ministry…who is trying to get healthy and stay healthy….
well, let’s just say that there are a lot of plates to spin here.
I know I can balance them all, and balance them well. I just need to identify what are the priorities in each of these areas and then focus on them.
Here are some questions I’m asking myself this week.
1. What do I spend the majority of my time doing? Starting today I will jot down everything I do during the day and how long I spend doing it. I want to account for every minute so that I can see where I spend the majority of my time.
You see, I have a sneaking suspicion that I spend a lot of time doing mindless things that are really not important at all. The worst thing about these time wasters is they prevent us from doing what’s important in a timely manner, so the time that we could spend relaxing we end up spending rushing around.
2. What is my “black hole”? We all have a black hole, and this black hole is the distraction we choose to engage in when we’re trying to avoid doing something we know we should do.
Actually, I know the answer to this question already: My Facebook timeline. Anytime I know I need to do something and I don’t want to do it, I distract myself by scrolling through my Facebook timeline. It’s time to kill my feed!
3. What are the top priorities in each area of my responsibilities? I will sit down and list the top 3 priorities in each area of responsibility that I have and then create actionable steps to make sure I accomplish them each day.
I think many times I don’t accomplish what is important because I am not even very sure what it is that is important.
How do we determine what is a priority and what is only just a really good idea? The answer is in our vision. What is the vision for our family? Our vision should act as a sieve to filter out what is not an actual priority.
4. Am I saying yes to those things that God hasn’t meant for me to do? It is so easy to say yes to all of the good things that come our way without reflecting on whether or not we actually should take on these responsibilities.
In her book The Best Yes, Lysa TerKerust explains that saying no to the good enables us to say yes to the best.
Sometimes, though, it isn’t clear to us whether or not this opportunity is a good yes or a best yes. That is why I created what I call My Decision Pathway.
This printable worksheet takes you through several questions that help you determine whether or not this opportunity is part of God’s plan for you or not.
Are you weighed down by too much responsibility?
Do you often feel stressed out because you have too much to do?
Is your family in a constant cycle of running around and never really getting anywhere?
Are you facing a decision for which you are not sure how to answer?
The Decision Pathway worksheet is a 3-step form that helps guide you through the process of making a decision that is in line with your personal and family vision and mission.
By asking leading questions that help you process whether or not this decision will help guide you to make decisions that promote your call, you will be able to easily identify those responsibilities that will end being dead weight on your life and prevent you from doing those things God has destined for your life.
Here is what one person has to say about the My Decision Pathway form:
I struggle with saying “YES” to too many projects and then end up stressed because my plates are too full. When I become stressed my family members are often the recipients of my frustration and stress. When Rosilind shared her product, “My Decision Pathway” I knew that it was something I needed. Right after she released this product I was given an opportunity and with the help of “My Decision Pathway” I was able to determine that the opportunity was able to bless my marriage even though it added a bit more to my plates. I was very thankful to have this simple product help me walk through the steps of the decision making process and look forward to using it time and time again in the future! – Misty from Beautiful Ashes and Year Round Homeschooling
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