In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 HCSB
Father thank You for this day. I’m humbly grateful for today and for my life. Today I pray for the discipline to follow Your plan and Your lead by setting fewer, yet impactful, tasks each day so that I can get more accomplished each week. Rather than setting numerous tasks each day and then feeling pressured or disappointed when I don’t accomplish all or most–and then having to forward the remaining tasks over to a new day. Help me to follow Your lead Father. Amen.
On the first day God did two things, He created the heavens and the Earth. He didn’t do 10-15 things like we attempt to do each day, He did two things. If you read the remaining passages in Genesis you will see that each day thereafter He only performed two to four tasks.
Only in our twisted, instant gratification obsessed, tech-addicted minds do we think it’s smart and feasible to consistently accomplish 10 or more major tasks each day. I say “major tasks” because I don’t think brushing your teeth, bathing, taking out the trash, and other things such as that should be considered “major tasks” unless of course you make it a habit to not stay up on your hygiene and keeping your home clean. I mean tasks such as working out, shopping, completing a report or project, running errands, etc.
Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church taught a sermon on this the other week and it hit home with me again today so I wanted to highlight it for you. We need to stop trying to cram everything into our days and instead follow God’s lead by instead focusing each day on the top two to four tasks that we want to accomplish, and then putting in the effort to check tasks off our list as completed. No more rolling things over several days back-to-back because you can’t seem to get that far down on your list. Focus small to get big results.
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think about today’s message?
2. Do you think it is a strategy that you could adopt and eventually turn into a habit? Why or why not?
3. Do you feel anxious about having to pick only two to four top tasks each day? What are your anxieties?
4. When will you try out this strategy?
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