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Friday, April 18, 2008

4 Useful Things You Could Do Tomorrow

Let's face it, there are a lot of things that each of us could do to increase our productivity and maximize our effectiveness for Christ, for our spouses, and for our employers. The following are four very practical and useful things that could be done to help us accomplish those goals.

1. Get Up Earlier

Truth be told, it wouldn't hurt you to wake up a few minutes earlier. Of course, this might mean going to bed a few minutes earlier but that would probably be good for you as well. Benjamin Franklin was onto something when he said, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!"

It is pretty much a given that you will be able to focus on something more meaningful during the early morning hours than during the late evening. You can spend the extra time on whatever pursuit that you see fit. You can spend more time praying or maybe get in a little extra Bible reading. Perhaps you could spend some extra time talking to your spouse or to someone you love. Whatever you choose, you won't go wrong waking up an extra fifteen minutes earlier than usual.

2. Work Out for a Few Minutes

You could even use you extra time in the morning to do a few exercises. I know that sounds horrible, but there isn't one of us that couldn't use a few extra jumping jacks, crunches, or a short walk or jog on the treadmill or around the block. It doesn't matter if you are male or female, young or old. Everyone could use a little exercise.

You will feel much better throughout the day. In fact, you will probably feel energized as you set about to accomplish your tasks throughout the day. Also if you are on a diet, this is the best thing to go along with it.

3. Start Your Day With A Prioritized To-Do List

You will absolutely be surprised at how much more productive you can be when you have your daily goals and objectives visualized in the form of a written list. It will help you not forget what you have to accomplish and it will motivate you as you are able to check each item off of your list.

4. Organize Your Work Space

Whether you work at in a corporate environment or at home schooling and handful of children, you will find things much easier when they are organized. Take some extra time and straighten your desk, clean your class area, organize your laundry room, or clean out your car! I got a few of you on that last one, huh? Working in a clean and organized environment will transform your perspective on your work. You will be surprised how it will help you to get more done.

Tonight while you are setting your alarm, think about which of these ideas you can practice tomorrow. Think about what you want to accomplish and remember that these four steps will help you get them done.

In Christ,



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