How ‘Bout Labor Day Every Day?

September 2, 2013

Here in the U.S. we celebrate Labor Day today. It’s a day off in honor of all of the workers in our country. After all, we work hard in this country, don’t we?

The answer is an obvious yes. In fact, I will take it a step further and say that we work too hard. I find it sad that, in many ways, work and career have become more important than family and leisure. The devastating effects this has had on the family and quality of life are obvious as we see families and lives crumble every day. So I ask this question…do we really have to work so hard?

I am not implying that work is not important. The Bible is full of verses about the importance of doing work. In I Thessalonians it stresses the importance of work in order to avoid being a burden to others. You can’t eat if you don’t make money working, right? Proverbs is full of warnings to avoid being idle and lazy, and how the hard-working man prospers.

Work is necessary. In fact, I admire those that continue to work, even though they are past the age where they can retire. However, I believe we must avoid working too hard. This is the cause of much of the stress related problems we see in our society today.

I believe the solution is a simple one. It is to work more effectively than to simply work harder. It is not at all difficult to accomplish. The best way to accomplish this is to pray for God’s guidance, set goals for each day, focus on those goals, and do all you can do within your control to accomplish them.

The key is to leave it in God’s hands. I was reminded of this verse in church recently…Matthew 11:28 says…”come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. I take this as an invitation to leave the accomplishment of the task in His hands. If you have faith, He will help you get it done. Your job is to simply seek His guidance and take the steps you can take at that time to get it done. Don’t go ahead of this divine guidance, and don’t worry about things you can’t control at that moment. Simply do all you can in the present moment in a focused, confident manner, and He will take care of the rest.

I cherish Labor Day each year. It is an extra day to relax at a time of year where an extra day of relaxation is usually needed. I also like the fact that my working efforts are being honored. I realize that we can make every day Labor Day. We can do our work for the day, but take time to relax as an honor of our focused efforts. Does that sound like something you can work on?

The 15 Minute Challenge

December 11, 2011

I recently posted a time management article about breaking the day down to 15 minute increments to help manage the day more effectively and become more productive. It has been very helpful to me.

I recently read about another similar challenge that I wanted to share. It was from a minister who, in order to keep in close contact with God, made it a challenge to pray for one second out of every minute. As I read this, I thought it was a good challenge. However, it is hard enough for me to keep track of 15 minutes, never mind 1. When I thought of this further, I realized it is only one minute of every hour. I thought, “that’s it?” Only one minute every hour? This is easy to manage, but I thought I could do even better than that.

As presented in my recent post, it is very effective to break the day down to 15 minute chunks. You can manage it effectively, and things get done. I now present another challenge based on the information above. How about, in every one of those 15 minute chunks, taking one minute to stop, say a short prayer, think a wonderful thought, or do anything to connect with God at that moment.

Your next question may now be “does it work”? I will say that, at first, it is not easy to do. Throughout the first days, I missed several of my divine minutes. However, I am finding that by stopping every 15 minutes to connect with my Creator, I am reaping a bundle of benefits and blessings. I feel more peace; I feel much more in control as I know my day is being handled by the all-knowing Creator who looks out or my best interests; Instead of focusing on fears, I am focusing more on the power that is in me and readily available to me. As a result, I am also happier and more confident. I can already see the positive reactions of those around me.

This may seem like a difficult challenge, but the more I work it into my routine the easier it becomes. Do I still get caught up in the busy day and forget? Of course. However, it is becoming the simple truth that the more I follow this guideline, the more I experience the blessings mentioned above.

I now invite you to take this 15 minute challenge. I believe it will increase your days in a positive way. Please share your victories.

Enjoy the blessings : )

A Helpful Time Management Tip

December 1, 2011

Are you looking for ways to manage your time more effectively? If you are like me you can always use some extra help in this area.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received recently comes from Jim Britt in his book, “Do This, Get Rich”. In one of the chapters he suggests breaking the day down to 15 minute blocks, trying to accomplish as much as possible in each of these blocks. This is in line with his theme that the most successful people are given no more time in a particular day than anyone else. It’s just that they use their time more effectively.

After taking a closer look at this theory it makes sense. The author points out that in an average day we have about 60 of these blocks. By focusing on each of these 15 minute blocks, it helps us become more aware of the time and using it effectively. He mentions that 15 minutes is enough time to accomplish something, and short enough that, if we are moving off track, we can take corrective action quickly without wasting a great deal of time.

Since I need much help in managing my time this classic procrastinator and time waster decided to give it a try. I will admit that focusing on every 15 minute block is not an easy task. In the first weeks I tried this it was difficult to make it through a whole day of managing each 15 minute time frame. However, gradually improved efficiency by one or two blocks a day. I’m still not perfect at it, but I believe I am setting the tone for greater efficiency that eventually will become routine.

I have mentioned this information to some of my family and friends who have said they noticed an immediate difference in time awareness and efficiency. Overall, I love this philosophy because it can help us become more aware of our actions, time spent on them, and the results we are actually producing. I recommend giving it a try. Please let me know how it goes.

Enjoy the blessings : )