How to WIN at doing it all!
It’s the number one question that I’m asked, “How do you do it all?”
Specifically, Macki asked, “I want to know each part of your daily schedule and how you always get SO MUCH done!! It’s truly superhuman.”
People watch me (mostly from afar) and shake their heads. I’ll admit the numbers can seem overwhelming:
I’ve written over 80 books.
I have 10 kids. (And grandkids)
I’ve homeschooled for over 25 years.
I love to make dinner every night and play board games as often as possible!
I’m with you, folks. This math doesn’t add up.
I’m Not Superwoman
First, let me debunk the myth. I’m not a superwoman. That’s good news … because you don’t have to be either. Or a superman if there are some guys listening in.
What it comes down to is one simple thing. I’ve discovered that I get to choose what’s most important. I take decision-making seriously. I decide what needs to get done … and what doesn’t. And those decisions over time add up. They add up to more time to do what I really want. They add up to freedom and they add up to peace. And joy, too.
But the thing is, I’ve had a hard time sharing this message for a few reasons. First, it seems too simple. Second, everyone’s life and situation are different. Third, it’s easy for me to talk about other people’s insights and ideas, but I find it harder to talk about my own.
Just look at my podcast for example. I have over 150 episodes of Walk it Out. And years before that I had an online radio show called Living Inspired with just as many episodes. It’s easy for me to ask questions of others. It’s hard really digging deep and sharing from my heart.
Yet, I realized recently that I’m not giving people what they’re asking for … help, hope, and encouragement from ME. That’s why they visit my website, read my books, and subscript to my newsletter, blogs, and podcast.
So first, I need to apologize for not taking your questions seriously. I also had to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself, “You don’t have to have all the answers, and what you do have to share will be enough. Or, at least, it’ll be better than nothing.
So going back to the #1 question I’m asked, “How do I do it all?”
1. I haven’t always got it right, but … I’ve discovered that I get to choose what’s most important. I GET TO CHOOSE. I get to choose what’s on my calendar and I get to choose what to do first. Also, I get to choose what to spend time on and even what I waste time on. I choose with action. I choose by my actions, too.
2. I choose based on end goals. There are end goals of finished books, graduating my kids from high school, and having adult children who love God and others. Those are the biggies.
There are also end goals of having dinner on the table by 6 pm and folding that load of laundry that’s been tumbled three times. The small goals might bring more peace in my day, but it’s the big goals that really fuel my priorities and my to-do list, and those goals are based on this verse:
I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (Amplified)
Am I seeking the heavenly prize? This is a question I ask often. And as I do, I consider my thoughts and actions in light of eternity.
I choose to win:
Listen to this week’s podcast to hear how this can work for YOU!
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Scripture to ponder
I press on toward the goal to win the heavenly prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (AMP)
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