Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...
Read to the end and WATCH my VIDEO on #1 & #2 "To Do" Tips...
To Do Tip #3. To Don’ts
I almost hesitate to use a contraction (I hate contractions - it is a personal thing with me - you do not have to hate them - they are often times useful), but in this case it helps us remember that there are To Do’s and To Don’ts when it comes to To Do Lists.
Don’t undervalue your To Do List.
By far this is the most important Don’t when it comes to To Do Lists. The moment we undervalue our To Do Lists is when we begin to lose what we are To Do.
I have always been a very productive person - from childhood to the present day, but I remember a season when I devalued my To Do List and it almost derailed my determination.
I remember when I was recovering from an injury caused by an accident; physically I was not able to continue in my same exercise routine. At first, I adjusted my workouts to compensate, but then I began readjusting my scheduled time of working out so much that it affected my regular routine of checking my To Do List.
Overtime I convinced myself that I could remember what I needed to do each day based on a pattern of daily and weekly habits I had created. This worked except for the little To Dos that were not part of my regular routine. These began to “slip through the cracks”.
Like a plate that gets a chip in it; that chip compromises the integrity of the dish and eventually it will break. Chips can be repaired, however cracks often cause a plate to be replaced. One of my favorite Verses in the Bible is in the book of Jeremiah. God’s people had been taken captive, because they had gotten away from what He had called them to do. God, being merciful, told the prophet Jeremiah to share this message with His people:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~Jer. 29:11 NIV
Yes, God encouraged His people when they had “cracked” their plates. He told them that His plans for them were not over.. But their To Do List was replaced, because they did not value it. Coming to this revelation prevented my “chip” from becoming a “crack”, which firmly fixed my decision to revalue my To Do List.
God has plans for us - a purpose for our lives - a purpose to help other people fulfill their purpose even as “A Work in Progress” - chips and all. But if we choose to not value what is our part to do over time others will replace us in order to complete those To Dos.
bENCOURAGEd to value your To Do lists so that you can be Inspired, be Productive, be Fulfilled!
Now that we know the most important "To Don't"...
What are some "To Dos"that can help us increase our productivity?
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