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By G. P. Avants

“Live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:12

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There is an Army slogan that we quote on our Saturday bike rides: “We get more done before 9am than most people do all day”. We’re up at 5:45am and pumped up before our families are stirring on a Saturday morning.

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How is it that more people seem to get more done in a day than others? I mean, we all do have the same 24 hours, right? Yet, some people are getting things done that many take weeks to think about doing. What is their secret?I think I have a few hints that I have observed.

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They do prioritize. Some things need to be done today and some things can wait. The things that have to wait are on a to-do list so they won’t fall by the wayside.

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They do less and get more done. You’d think they try to pack as much as they can in order to get more done. Actually that seems to add to the problem. The thing is to do less and do it better. You can actually get things done, no running half-way into the next project, and avoid getting overwhelmed.

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They finish what they start. There is a great feeling to begin and complete a task. Sometimes that means that you stick with it and not commit to something else until it’s done. Yes, it does feel like you might be missing out but, you can actually follow through and check it off.( personally, I like the stroke of the pen with each thing I get done.)

Help

They know when to ask for help. Recognizing your limitations instead of plowing ahead blindly, shows wisdom. Getting assistance with something that frustrates you is better than getting stressed out. You may have to walk away, take a time out, and then come back with better advice or an extra set of hands.

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They know when to walk away. You are not going to get everything done today. That is a fact. Staying too long and trying to do it all is like dieting. They say that if you skip meals, you actually slow down your metabolism. Breaking it up into smaller meals works better. So, it is with work. Break it up into bite-sized portions. It will be there tomorrow waiting(That’s a certainty) but, hopefully you’ll be fresher when you begin.

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I am sure there are a number of other practical ideas to make your 24 hours productive. Something’s that are tasks need to have a time limit and a checklist. However, being as task-oriented person (I don’t know when that happened) I am re-learning that people don’t get the same treatment. Our time with people needs to have breathing room, no timers, and definitely high on the priority list.

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I pray that your 24 hours is productive as well as instructive. May the Lord show you what He has planned for your day. Each one is different and has a different purpose. Be flexible and realize it’s okay that things don’t turn out exactly as you planned.

What are your secrets to making the most of your 24?

Soul Train

 

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