It is often easy to lose the momentum we need to keep at it in the new year. Resolutions have been made but are often difficult to keep. We make unrealistic goals for ourselves then become frustrated when unable to keep them. Why is that? It is because our goals often do not align with what God has in store for us. We want our lives to look a certain way and are hard on ourselves when what we want doesn’t happen. Our lives are not our own. We belong to God, our lives need to align with His plan. He will put in front of us what He has chosen for us. It is up to us to live according to it.
There are ways we can stay aligned with God’s purpose, even if we are struggling to be productive. These are tips that I hope to execute in the new year.
1. Plan when you will have quiet time each day. This is something I have already been doing in my life. I love the mornings. I have to get up pretty early, between 4:00 am-5:00 am, in order to get in my workout and quiet time. During this time I do my Bible readings, devotions, journaling and prayer time. It is usually 30-45 minutes each day. My husband and I have also started a new marriage devotional that we do each night. Quiet time together, reflecting on our marriage will make us stronger together.
2. Make a list of your daily priorities. Life can be so busy! Making a list helps keep you on track. This is something I often do on the weekends. However, being a mom of four, I also have to make lists during the week to remember to make appointments or get stuff together to help my daughter apply for college.
3. Choose a word for the year. This is something I talked about yesterday. Take time to think about what you want that word to be. You don’t have to choose it right away. Think about your life, what you need to change and choose the word carefully and thoughtfully. This will help keep you on your chosen path.
4. Put away your phone. Believe it our not, our phones can cause so much stress and drama in our lives. I make it a point to have my ringer off during various points of the day. The only social media I try to use during the day is my business accounts. I post pictures of the kids I care for so the parents can see what they are up to. I am looking to change the use of phones and social media in my household. My kids actually don’t use it that much. It is my husband and I that need to work on that!
5. Use mealtimes to check in with God. When my teens were younger we did family devotion time at dinner. We used this time to sit together each night and discuss our day. We then did Bible drills and a daily devotion that our church provided us with. Now, they are older and it is harder to get this done, more so because of the toddler we have at our table. She demands a little more attention. I think it is time to start implementing short devotion again in our home to get her used to doing it.
Productivity is best when aligned with God’s purpose for you. Keep perspective by putting God first in your life.