This is not a self-portrait but it could be! Have you ever caught yourself multi-tasking behind the wheel of a car? The worst “car multi-tasking” I’ve committed was one morning driving to the office. I was listening in to a conference call, driving, eating breakfast and applying my lipstick, all in a short 20-minute commute!
Multi-tasking isn’t limited to the car, either. At home, I try to maximize each trip from one side of the house to the other by carrying as many things with me as I can. More than once I’ve found myself standing in the kitchen with 8-10 items in my arms, totally unclear what I originally walked in there to do.
Recently I found some words of wisdom in Sarah Young’s amazing daily devotional Jesus Calling. Written as if Jesus is talking to you, it says, “Stop trying to work things out before their times have come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time.”
Now I have two simple questions posted right above my computer. When I find myself hyperventilating over the number of things I’m trying to accomplish at the same time, these have helped me untangle my thoughts enough to refocus and re-prioritize
QUESTION 1: God, am I supposed to _______________________? (fill in the blank with whatever activities you are doing)
QUESTION 2: If so, am I supposed to do it today?
Often I find that I don’t need to do everything today. I can shift some of the activity to another day. And I’m frequently surprised when I realize I don’t need to do it at all, either because it’s not a priority or perhaps I need to delegate it to someone else.
Try these 2 simple questions this week. Let me know how they help you refocus your day!
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