“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”
Have you ever heard the saying, “f you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?” It is important to know where you are going, but it is equally important to know why. Knowing precedes doing, but understanding the reason for bothering to go at all is what will keep you moving in the right direction.
Does one plan to live or live to plan? Each perspective will color the experience.
In His book First Things First, Stephen Covey broke through time management barriers by offering an alternative to the enslaved “To Do List” mindset. He challenged business professionals and everyone who longed for a life of significance, to consider who they were becoming instead all they were doing. Jesus Christ cut through the bureaucracy of His day 2000 years earlier when He said, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” ( Mark 8:36)
It stands to reason as we consider planning our days that we would should consider our priorities. We can get a lot done, cross off every single To Do on our list and to what end? We are not human doings. We are human beings. People are not projects. Misplaced priorities will always show up in our attitudes, communication, choices and words. If people are a way for you to get what you want, you will treat them as objects, not souls, whether at work or home or anywhere. You will also treat yourself as an object.
You are not an object, or a project, my friend. You are a precious soul created to glorify a Perfect Creator.
A Practical Tip: Cultivate the daily habit of BEING in your planner! Have you opened your planner today? Are you focused on doing or being? How can you balance your to do mindset with your to be perspective for a better day?
1.) It is only the second day of October! Have you created your Master Goals List for the month? What do you want to accomplish and why? Who do you want to be one month from now? Sit down and consider what you want to do in October and more importantly, why- to what end?
2) Yesterday we noted that we need to make time to BE in our planner. I like to list all important appointments on my monthly view calendar. Then each week I check my month view and add the appointment into the week during my plan time (usually at the start of the week). This keeps me from forgetting important appointments. What will you do to make sure you are not forgetting important appointments today? This week? This month?
A Quote to Ponder: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~Stephen Covey
A Prayer for Today: Lord, it is in you that I live, move and have my being (Acts 17:28). You know what matters most for my day, for me. Help me to trust in you and your way by having the same priorities you did and do. Lord, people matter. People matter most, but you also modeled drawing away to quiet and lonely places to renew, recharge and connect with your Father to ensure you stayed your course. I am not above you, my Teacher and I ask that you would lead me in the way everlasting, even today. In Jesus Name, Amen.
This is Day 2 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
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I pray this series is a blessing to you.