Tuesday~Check in to our gathering place, Melissa’s blog, for today’s assignments. There will be a few discussion questions posted for Chapter 8.
Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ~Psalm 25:4-5 NIV 1984
Don’t you just love our verse this week? <3
After reading Chapter 8, you probably realize we have some work to do. Glynnis gave us some practical applications for simplifying our schedules. Let’s review them:
Step 1: Personal Assessment
Think Like a Project Manager~ A project is anything that will take two or more steps.
Take a good look at the Create Your Own “Project Management” System at the bottom of p. 90 (paperback).
Step 2: Edit Your Responsibilities
Identify Your Priorities
Delete Some Things
When to Delete a Responsibility
Check out Tips for Simplifying Your Schedule at the bottom of p. 93 (paperback).
Step 3: Establish an Ongoing Review Process
Let’s be real here, this isn’t something we can do in a few minutes or even a day. It’s going to take some time, but all changes do, don’t they? So be realistic with yourself. If it’s not done right away, that’s okay. Decide if it’s a priority and begin simplifying if it is. Very recently, I set some boundaries in my life. Because of my busy family life, there was a natural division for what was a priority and what was not. Nothing comes before my family. It’s as simple as that. I believe that is my main mission field right now in my life. Take this Bible study for example. Y’all mean the world to me, you really do. I love leading Online Bible studies, reading your comments, getting to know you. But, you are not as important as my family. If my family needs me and because of that a blog post doesn’t go up, well that’s ok. And because I’ve decided this ahead of time, I don’t have the guilt of letting you down. By the same token, if I need to read Chapter 9 and post a message today and a friend calls me to meet for lunch, I would have to tell her, “No, not today. Can we schedule lunch another day?” That’s because I’ve decided that my Bible study comes before social time. Of course when we know ahead of time what is on our schedule, we can plan better, but you get the picture. Simplifying my schedule is much easier when I know my priorities for this season of life.
Today, I want you to focus on whatever it is that you need to do with the information you’ve been given in Chapter 8. Is a personal assessment necessary for you? What about editing your responsibilities? And let’s not forget the most important piece if we are to maintain our simplicity, an ongoing review process (checking through all we need to do, assess deadlines, and creating a new task list weekly). That way we don’t slip back into our old ways. Ongoing discipline is the key.
Did you find Chapter 8 helpful for you?
What do you plan to do as a result of reading Chapter 8?
How can our memory verse this week help you with all you need to do?
Please share with the group. Thanks ladies, have a wonderful day!