Category Archives: Productivity

Wherever You Are; Be There

We live in a fast paced world.
Life is just a constant movement of one thing to another.
There is so much to do in a day that it is hard to be in one place without thinking about where you need to be or what you are going to do next.

While in bed, trying to sleep, you’re thinking about tomorrow.
At breakfast you’re thinking about work.
At work you’re thinking about lunch or what needs be done after work.
During the drive home you’re thinking about all that needs to be crammed into the evening.
When finally home, you’re thinking about getting back to bed and the cycle continues.

In all that we have to do, all the place places that we have to be, my challenge to you is this…
Wherever You Are; Be There

If you’re at work, be at work.
If you’re at home, be at home.
If you’re at church, be at church.
If you’re eating dinner with the family, focus on the family.
If you’re playing with the kids, give them your undivided attention.
If you’re out on a date with your spouse, be there with him/her.

Try not to let your mind wonder and worry about what’s next.
Its coming soon enough.
Enjoy the moment and get the most out of every opportunity that you have.


The Grasshopper and the Ant: Which one are You?

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The story of the grasshopper and the ant is an oldie, but goodie!
There is so much that can be learned from it.

If you are not familiar with it, check it out on YouTube.

While the ants are busy working all summer long, storing up for the winter, the grasshopper is just hopping around having fun in the moment. He does not have a care in the world for what may lie ahead.
Then winter comes and while the ants are inside with plenty of food, the grasshopper is left out in the cold, freezing and starving.

Some basic lessons to be learned from the story…

  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Don’t just live in the moment and totally ignore the future.
  • Some thinking ahead and planning ahead is essential for survival.

There are multiple areas in life that we can apply this story to.
Ask yourself these questions and then think about whether you are the grasshopper or the ant in each situation.

Physically

  • Are you exercising each day?
  • Are you eating for the moment or for the future?

Family

  • Do you have a Will?
  • Are you spending time with your spouse and kids?
  • How much longer until the kids go to college? Will you be ready?

Mentally

  • Are you learning something new each day?
  • Are you reading non-fiction books?

Financially

  • Do you have an emergency fund?
  • Are you saving for retirement?

Career

  • Will the job that you have now last forever?
  • Do you need to be furthering your education just in case?

Spiritually

  • Are you spending time with God in prayer?
  • Reading the Bible?
  • Going to church every week?
  • Have you completed the steps of salvation?

Are you the grasshopper or the ant?

Maybe you don’t have to choose one or the other.
Maybe you can be a hybrid?

Enjoy life, but also work hard and prepare for the future.


The One Thing That Will Help You Get Up

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I have always considered myself a morning person, but I still struggled with getting up.
I would set the alarm with the intention of getting up early, but then hit the snooze button over and over again.

Then I got a tip from someone (@lifeofasteward) that is so simple, yet so effective.

If you are a snoozer addict, like I was, and would like to crush the habit, try this…

Set your phone, radio or whatever it is that you use for your alarm on the other side of the room.

It works! You will have to get up in order to stop the alarm from sounding.

Try it and let me know if it helps you as well.


The Equation for Success

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I learned the equation above from Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership book.
He calls it “The Momentum Theorem”

It simply says that “Focused Intensity over Time with God = Success”

Dave Ramsey often relates this equation to getting out of debt, which could take years, but I believe that this equation can work for both short term goals as well as long term goals.
No matter what it is that you want to accomplish this equation can help you get it done.

In today’s world it is easy to get distracted.
Having focused intensity means tuning everything else out except what you are trying to accomplish and setting your heart and mind toward accomplishing the task no matter what.

Make things clear by writing your goal down on paper and set a time to get it done by.
If it’s a short term goal, then set a timer and put it right in front of you. There is nothing like seeing the ticking away of seconds on a clock. It becomes a race against time.
If it’s a long term goal then pick a date on the calendar, right it down and remind yourself each day by counting the days remaining. Try one of those count down apps.

Always be sure to pray and ask for God’s help. No matter how simple or complex the task, having God in the equation makes success far more likely.

Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

If you just bear down, focus you efforts, block out everything for a short period of time and ask God to help, you can and will be successful.


How to get one more hour a day.

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Ever wish you had just one more hour in the day?
Have you ever found yourself saying things like…,

  • “There’s just not enough time in the day!”
  • “I don’t have time for that”
  • “I’m too busy”
  • “Wish I had more time”
  • “Where has the day gone?”
  • “If I just had 1 more hour I could…”

Is it possible to get 25 hours per day?

There is only one way and that is to wait for the fall time change each year.

We have all wished we had more time, but the fact is that we all have just 24 hrs a day.

The question then becomes, what are we doing with those 24 hrs and is it possible to change our routine slightly in order gain 1 hour to do what we want or need to do?

Most of our days can be broken down into 3 sections.

  • Sleep
  • Work
  • All else

When it comes to our job and time at work we really don’t have much of a choice, so let’s look at the rest of the day.

How many hours of sleep do you get each night? If you are getting more than 7, then you may be able to stand going to bed later or getting up earlier.

How much TV do you watch?  If you watch more than an hour a day you could likely afford to cut back on that.

If the average person watches 2 hours of TV per day, and you don’t watch any, then you essentially now have 2 hours more per day compared to everyone else because you are using your time more effectively.

How much time are you spending or the internet or Facebook?  The internet is really the new TV.  I would be willing to bet that a lot of people spend more time on the internet each day than they do watching TV.  It can be a time vacuum.

Look at what you are doing with your time as you go through the day and ask yourself, “Is this really necessary? Could I live without it?”

I challenge you to find some way to gain 1 extra hour per day and do something with that hour that will make you feel good.

I often found that it was difficult to get my Bible reading in each day, but I knew that it was important. Since I don’t watch much TV and stay very busy in the evenings with the family then my next best option was to cut out some sleep.

I now set my alarm clock an hour earlier and the first thing that I do each day is read the Bible. I love that quiet time with God each day.

How will you get your extra hour and what will you do with it?


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