“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
When you took a close look at your responsibilities, and the time you are spending on the minor and major ones, were you surprised at what percentage of time you actually spend on the most important ones? Did you see areas you could improve upon?
Spending too much time in one area will lead to less time in another area and/or more overtime hours to complete your work. This will always result in the “hectic busyness of business.” Ultimately, this is what we want to gain control over. There will be times when you will have special projects, but you are now considering your “usual” work week, not the unusual one.
Dear Heavenly Father: Thank You for my work and the opportunities it brings. Forgive me if I have not wisely considered where I am spending resources, and that includes time. As time has gone on, more responsibilities and opportunities have been added but I recognize that I am not always taking time to turn them over to You, to ask You for guidance and to be attentive to Your Voice. As I pray about each responsibility please give me the wisdom to know if there is anything I should throw off about it by either eliminating it or adjusting the amount of time and energy I put into it. My desire is to demonstrate You at Work with my decisions, my actions and attitude. Help me to start anew. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Monday: In your usual work week, how many hours is realistic for you to work? Consider the hours you are spending on the business and in the business. Recognize that sometimes you may need to spend more time on the business when an unexpected situation occurs such as a renovation, becoming short-staffed or going through an audit.
Tuesday: Consider the responsibilities you have. List them as you divide them into their appropriate daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly responsibilities. Review the list you have made of your main responsibilities and the details under each one. Giving responsibilities their designated “thinking and doing time” will help avoid having them always on your mind and will decrease the last minute urgency you may experience at times. It will also help you make business decisions, and let your staff and colleagues know what is being dealt with and when. As you go through this task, you may also start to see where things can use improvement. Write these insights down for later consideration. Right now, just record the frequency of each task.
Wednesday: Review the list you made of your responsibilities and when you are going to be doing them or focusing on them. As you look at the big picture, does anything need to be changed? Consider how important these tasks are, how often they need to be done/reviewed and how much “catch-up” you may need to do in some areas. Are you doing something too often that you should be doing less, or are you not doing something often enough? Have you included planning time for the different responsibilities you have? Are you being realistic on any work that needs to be done based on your goals and objectives? Do you need to look for designated time right now to do catch-up? As you go through your list a second time, you may start to see the “cost” of spending time on certain areas. Are you over-spending time there to the detriment of something else?
Thursday: Does your revised list add up to the amount of hours you want to usually work per week? It is understandable that some weeks may be longer than others. Look at what you have included in your daily and weekly tasks. Is it realistic? Realize, also, that this is a “work in progress” t continually reflect upon and adjust as required. The important issue is that you are not continuing to do the same things over and over which may be contributing to a hectic lifestyle.
Friday: As you reflect on your work, the amount of time you will spend on it, and what you will do when, ask God for His wisdom and direction. Ask Him if there is anything regarding how you spend your time which may be hindering you from doing His will, whether it is in the business or outside of work.
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work