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MULTI-TASKING


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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4 Responses Post a comment
  1. Merlynn permalink
    February 16, 2012

    Hi! This comment is not about this, but avout your busy women rich and satysfying life You Version bible series. Well the questions are terrible and all the same, and one was titled “God’s love for Sapphira” when she DIES. Please actually put some thought into what you are doing.

    • Sharon permalink
      February 19, 2012

      Merlynn,
      I appreciate your input. Perhaps it might be helpful to you to read the related post here: / Either way, I wish you blessings as you study God’s Word!

  2. May 31, 2012

    Don’t you love how Jesus teaches us to not worry about tomorrow? Sometimes the “Planner” in me forgets that, and I plan for just about every possible outcome . . . which is really unhealthy.

  3. June 8, 2012

    Multitasking is something that always inspires me as a woman. During childhood I used to notice women around my mother’s age sitting in the car eating an apple, talking on her cell phone, keeping an eye on their kids and driving at the same time. My mom has always been more of a house wife but she has always inspired me to gather that much stamina of multitasking.
    Even today I do so much of work at a single time that sometimes I fall ill due to over stress. Still working on it and hoping I would get over this stress and would be able to keep the unfinished works for the very next day.

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