“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
In the rush of day to day activities it is easy to feel as if we are walking around in a fog. We sometimes go from one task to another with little sense of direction. One day runs into another and we often come to the end of our day wondering if we accomplished anything at all.
The 3 Questions to Keep You on Track:
1) What tasks do I need to accomplish tomorrow?
Plan your day BEFORE the day begins. Refuse to do the easiest task first. Do that which is most needing to be done. Brian Tracy in his book Eat That Frog challenges his readers to do the task that you dread at the beginning of the day. This practice will make the rest of the day’s activities easier to accomplish.
2) Is there anything that I need to make right with someone?
This includes any relationships that I have; whether it be business, personal or with God. Unresolved issues in our relationships have an affect on our lives. Have you ever tried to focus on what you need to be doing after you have just had an argument with someone? It is not an easy thing to do. Don’t allow these things to fester. If you have to address them sooner or later, choose sooner.
3) How did I do today?
This question is meant to evaluate every facet of our day at the end of the day. I have a series of follow-up questions that help me answer this last question. Did I do what I needed to do? Was I kind to those I came in contact with today? Did I complete my tasks well? Be as specific as you can.
The purpose of question three is to find out more than just “yes” or “no”. It helps to see if there are any patterns in our lives keeping us from what God wants us to do. If you see things that you like then praise yourself for the actions. If you see things that you did not like, ask God to help you correct the deficiencies.
Every day that we are given is a gift. Use these 3 questions to keep you on track. Decide before your day begins what you should do. Value the time you have by using it wisely. Be quick in apologizing and making things right in your relationships. At the end of your day evaluate how well you did.
Let today be a new beginning for you. You won’t be sorry that you did.