I Resolve to Mature Manhood by Greg Gibson
“Men, I truly believe if we pursue the fullness of Christ side by side, spurring one another on, then nothing can stop us. Everything will change—our marriages, homes, hobbies, work, friendships, churches, cities, culture, and love for the nations—because Jesus changes everything. “
We are almost five months in to the “new” year. Do you remember your New Year’s Resolutions? Work out more. Lose the gut. Stop smoking. How’s that going for you? You forgot or have given up already like I have, haven’t you. Well, everyday is a new beginning. So you can start over at any time. Greg’s article from the beginning of this year challenges us to resolve to mature manhood. That is a life that imitates Christ.
I Pray This for My Children by Gregory Harris
“We still want—and so desperately need—the Lord to bless our children. This shows both our continuous looking to Him and the realization that our capacities as parents are limited.”
Gregory lists out what he prays for his children in this article. It includes everything from his own walk with God to his children’s future spouses. There are some good ones to remember in there, complete with biblical references. These would be perfect to include in a prayer app that I’m starting to use more and more, Prayer Mate. You can find Prayer Mate at http://www.geero.net/prayermate/ where you can download the version for your particular species of mobile device.
Sharpen:Tyranny of Tiny Tasks
HOW TO DEFEAT THE TERRIBLE TYRANNY OF TINY TASKS by Michael Hyatt
“George Jetson called his boss a “slavedriver” because he had to press a button a few times that day. We chuckle at the joke while we unthinkingly press a million. Was the joke on us?”
Another article on the theme of busyness. First off MIchael Hyatt is one of my favorite bloggers and podcasters. If you don’t follow him, I couldn’t recommend more that you do. The article link above will get you to all the places you can find him.
The tyranny of tiny tasks shows how we accomplish a lot, but really don’t get anything done. We shuffle and answer email, check of some to-do’s, or get a text answered, but we don’t get the big important projects done (or even started).
So Michael shares a 5 point strategy to unseating the Tyrannical Dictator of Tiny Tasks:
- Evaluate. Look at your daily routine and tasks that make it up. How much is moving the needle vs. filling time? Parse them out and rank them. I talk about how to do this in my free ebook Shave 10 Hours off Your Workweek.
- Eliminate. How many low-return activities and time-drains are on your list? Which ones could you just strike out now? And by that I mean right now. There’s no point waiting while more tasks multiple. Start hacking.
- Delegate. If you can’t ditch it, switch it. Delegate as many of your leftover tiny tasks as possible. This could be to an admin or other people on your team better suited to the job.
- Automate. Every time you have to think about a process, it takes something from you. So why not do the thinking once and for all? All kinds of things can be automated: billing, reports, recurring information requests, and more.
- Consolidate. What you can’t ditch, switch, or automate, you should consolidate. Sometimes labeled batching, the idea is simple enough: If you lump similar tasks together, you gain efficiencies and time by not jumping back and forth between dissimilar activities.
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