Too Much Stuff

Too Much Stuff

Everywhere I look, I see too much stuff. And not just stuff, a lot of dust-covered stuff. Which tells me two things. First, I hate dusting, especially in and around the nooks and crannies of all my stuff. And second, all that dust tells me that the items in question have not been used or moved in way too long and I should probably get rid of them so I don’t have to dust them

Automate, Delegate, and Concentrate To Get Things Done

Automate, Delegate, and Concentrate To Get Things Done

Just because I’ve discovered a new way to think about and organize my time (the One Bucket method) doesn’t automatically mean that it is easy to get things done. Then I heard a different business podcast list out these three words to help. Automate. Delegate. Concentrate. First, automate. What things can I add into routines so they will get done regularly without extra thought? Are there emails that I send often or questions that I

A Year in Review and a Preview

A Year in Review and a Preview

I have a confession to make as I look back over the past year and my One Word for 2015-Balance blog post. I desperately needed balance and also feel like I failed to achieve it, especially in the last few months with the fevered pitch of launching my debut novel. (Yikes! How’s that for a depressing year in review?) The good news is that it’s never too late to focus on what matters most. My

Friday Focus – Jesus Christ

In honor of Easter Sunday this weekend, today’s focus is on Jesus Christ. Fully God and fully man, He came to earth on a mission. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” ~1

Focus on the Present

“Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.” Psalm 90:12 TEV In the middle of my busy days and overflowing to-do list, it’s easy to forget that today might be all that I get. My life’s race may be over in an instant. So, while I make plans and set goals and keep my eyes on the dream, I also need a healthy perspective. I need to be where I

Focus on the Destination

“”But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 3:13-14 NIV Long before I got married and had kids, I used to be a runner. Not a very fast one, but a runner. I competed in both cross-country and track during high school. I even won my age

Friday Focus – Lot

Today we’re going to travel back in time. Way back. To the time of Abraham and his nephew Lot. Now, Lot journeyed with his uncle from their homeland in Ur to the land of Canaan. They pitched their tents near Bethel and built an altar to God. After a famine drove them down to Egypt, Lot saw the consequences when Uncle Abraham lied to the Pharoah about Sarai being his sister yet also saw God’s

Avoiding Tangents

On Monday, we saw that staying on course in life means requires keeping our focus. And focus requires discipline to zero in on the goal and only the goal. But life pulls us in different directions, often at the same time. And it’s easy to shift our gaze to the side. Jobs. Chores. Kids. Neighbors. Things. Entertainment. Activities. Every glance can slow us down or distract us from our goal. Looking to the right or

Staying On Course

Focus is an important part of discipline. It’s when my mental attention is centered on what I need to do and nothing else can get into my head. Focus allows me to resist temptation in the present in order to pursue a goal in the future. It requires total concentration and insists that I ignore outside distractions. Absorption. Engrossment. Devotion. Intensity. Close attention. Pursuit. Zero in on. Convergence. In order to stay on course in

Friday Focus – Eric Liddell

The son of Scottish missionaries, Eric Liddell was born in China. At the age of six, he and his older brother were sent to a boarding school in England. As he grew, he excelled in athletics, participating on the cricket and rugby teams in addition to running track. Known as the “Flying Scotsman,” he won the AAA championships in 1923 in both the 100 yard and 220 yard races. Results of his races made the