Today, we were trimming our lemon tree. After cutting the dead branches, and the overgrown ones, I dragged them to a shady area of the lawn. I got my trash can, lined it with a lawn size trash bag, grabbed a cushion to sit on and my pruning shears. As I trimmed the branches into smaller portions that would fit into the trash can, I reflected back to the school days and the organization of my desk. Because I organized my task ahead of time, I was able to enjoy the shade and the outdoors, and calmly, methodically complete my task. It was a very pleasurable experience.
I was thinking how this could apply to many areas of life. A little advance planning, organizing the workflow, makes the task at hand proceed more efficiently, and you feel good when it's done.
Ways that I apply this are:
- Grocery store shopping - plan menus, make a list, look at the sales. These steps alone will get you in and out of the store faster, and will save you money. For menu ideas that come with a shopping list, try emeals.com
- Bible study - get your bible, your notebook, pens, beverage, and study guide. Having everything laid out helps me put my mind in the mood to hear from God. A time of prayer asking for His wisdom as I seek to learn from Him is the very best tool. Other tools I like - free apps like Bible and MySword (includes Strong's Hebrew and Greek Lexicon plus other tools). Online websites like biblegateway.com are additional helpful tools.
- Work - clean desk, pens, pencils, rulers, computer, tape, stapler, notepad. Write-out your to-do list the night before, or first thing in the morning. Don't check email all day long - check it at certain intervals. Turn off the email notifier on your computer and smartphone. Keep social media to a limited amount of your day. Focus on one task at a time until it's done. Distractions kill your productivity. If you can't proceed with the task at hand, make a list of things needed and don't start on it again until you have everything you need.