Time Management Pt 2 Managing your no’s

March 3, 2011 — Leave a comment

When you eat out at a restaurant you have to say no to a lot of tasty items in order to enjoy the one you really want. Life is like a restaurant; you have a wide variety of choices but you can’t eat it all. If you try you’ll end up not enjoying any of it.

Recognizing that you have only a limited block of time and learning the power of “NO” is the first step in time management. Start today. Begin to Practice saying “NO” and start to take away some of the commitments that have overloaded your time refrigerator.

You can do well only what you can focus your attention on. Having too many commitments divides your attention and makes you less effective. When you have too many commitments you are constantly distracted. You may be working on your latest advertisement but the proposal you need to write is banging on the front door demanding your attention.

If you begin with limiting your commitments, then your subconscious mind will leave you alone because it recognizes that you are able to achieve everything on your list. It doesn’t have to be the nag.

What causes us to over-commit? One of the biggest motivations is the fear of man. We say yes because we want people to think well of us. We want to be the hero and get the pat on the back. Or maybe we’re afraid others will talk bad about us if we say no; they’ll accuse us of being lazy or uncaring.

Our concern should not be what others think, it should be only what God thinks. When we choose to follow His direction we enter into His rest. Hebrews 4 says, “Let us be diligent to enter that rest….” That rest is referring to God’s rest for us. We all have a place of inner rest and peace that God has prepared for us.



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