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How to Put Your Priorities in the Right Order

List of Priorities

My Typical Day

Here is my typical work day. Tell me if it sounds familiar:

I wake up at 5am to get ready for work. However, I don’t actually get out of the bed until around 5:45am.  Then, I say a real quick, “Thank you, Jesus, for waking me up this morning” prayer. I am supposed to read my daily Bible devotion on my phone, but end up checking emails and reading FB posts instead. Well, because I lost track of time, I have to rush to iron my clothes, take a shower, find clothes for my three- and five-year-old to wear, get them dressed, put our bags in the car, and finally get all of us in the car and on the road.

From there I drive like a crazy woman to drop them off to my mom’s house. Then, I get BACK on the highway and get to work by 7:15 am. By the grace of God, I have always made it on time to sign in on the yellow sheet and not the dreaded pink sheet! This gives me about 15 minutes to get ready for my high school “babies.” Some days are rougher than others, but I always manage to survive (thank you, Jesus!).  At 2:45pm, I take off my “teacher” hat and put my “supermom” cape back on.

I will speed this part up for the sake of time and to get to the point. I pick up both my girls (my husband picks up my older three most of the time), go home, make dinner, check homework, wash dishes, get the kids in the shower, wash up the two youngest, try to squeeze in devotional time with the children (if possible), say prayers with the children (if possible) and get everyone in bed. By this time I am too exhausted and mentally drained to work on my business or really spend any time with my husband. So I usually end up watching TV until I fall asleep (reality shows always make me feel better). As I go to bed I get upset with myself and my family for never having enough time or energy to build my business or just to unwind.

Does This Sound Familiar?

This may not be your exact story, but we all have a daily routine that many times leave us feeling exhausted and sometimes frustrated if we couldn’t get it all done. So when I read about the Proverbs 31 woman, I often wondered how she managed to do it all. I finally found out her secret – she kept her priorities in order. It was always God, husband, children, and career/business. If you operate outside of this order, you will eventually experience chaos in your life. If you do things according to God’s ultimate “time management” plan for us, you will experience peace. The days that I wake up acknowledging God first, then going about my day His way, always go better then when I do things my way. By putting God first, everything else always fall into place naturally.

How to Make It All Work

Think about last week and all the activities you were involved in and the decisions you made. How did you feel by the end of the day? Were your days mostly peaceful, or filled with chaos? Did you go to bed feeling frustrated, or feeling accomplished? Write it down and compare it to God’s priorities for your life. Were you operating out of His order? If so, how can you get back on track?

I encourage you to remember God’s time management plan for your life (God, husband, children, career/business) and apply it every day. A great book on how to put God first is entitled Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life by Brittany Ann. I started reading this book and hope to do a book study on it real soon.

So how are your days? Chaotic or peaceful? Please share in the comments section!

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