shutting the door on distraction

notes:

-if we are always available to everyone, we will eventually have nothing to give to anyone

-we’re giving so much accessibility that we’re losing attention

  1. Discern the demands

What is the distraction? That’s half the struggle. To figure out what it is that is distracting you and what you should focus on. Jesus was comfortable in a crowd. We live crowded lives and we have crowded calendars. A lot of us live under the “one day” illusion.

Christ wants to connect with you in the crowded places in your life. He will give all of His attention to the one who has come to the end of himself. Sometimes you’ll have to leave the thing that seems more important. You need to discern where The Lord needs you now.

PRAYER: Lord, show me what really matters.

2.  Locate the leaks

Your brain isn’t as capable when you multi-task. Even Jesus could only do 1 thing well at once: He had to focus. We’re leaking life by switching back and forth so much.

Information comes at the cost of your attention. We’re at a time where we have a wealth of information and a poverty of attention. The presence of Christ allows us to locate the leak. Focus brings freedom. What you focus on matters. Focus on fear, and you’ll always be a prisoner. Focus on faith and nothing can hold you dow. You have been SO focused on the wrong things.

3. Pursue the Pull

Life is always pushing you in one direction and God wants to give you the ability to perceive the pull of His power that He’s trying to release into your life. It’s the pull in the midst of a pushy life. Jesus always refused to be pushed, but He could not resist the pull. When you feel that pull: pursue that.

Pulled apart vs. reached toward.

Distraction vs. focus.

4. Dismiss the Drama

There comes a time when the voices that are talking need to be silenced. When you shut the door on doubt, you open the door to destiny.

stop waiting

Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually. Hosea 12:6

wait

I want to encourage all of us to stop simply waiting, and start waiting upon. To start waiting for.

Waiting is stationary. Waiting upon is an action.

Waiting is staying in the same place. Waiting upon is reaching for more of God.

Waiting is a spiritual excuse for inaction. Waiting upon is pressing into God when you don’t know what to do.

Waiting implies we sit still. Waiting upon means that we might not physically be moving but spiritually we are drawing closer.

Waiting upon God is an action. It is a consistent pressing into the presence of God. It is a determination to set our eyes on the Only One who can give us direction.

Waiting on God does not mean we don’t take action. It does not mean we don’t take bold and unplanned leaps of faith. It means we risk our lives, even if those risks seems small. Because all of the small risks and decisions we make each day add up to our lives. Waiting upon Him means that while we take bold leaps of faith we wait in His presence wait upon His best for us. It does not mean that we wait until our circumstances are better and then step forward, it means we step forward when our circumstances scream “no.”

Stare uncertainty in the face and tell it you know the power of a certain God. God is calling us to action, and oftentimes, we don’t have to wait months to be sure it’s the right thing to do. Take the next step. Move forward. Do what you haven’t done and what you don’t feel you are capable of doing. Trust that He will meet you there. Oftentimes, we need to take a bold step, say yes, and wait upon His goodness as He takes us to a new stage of our lives, instead of putting a decision off and hoping someone does the hard stuff for us.

We don’t have to know how He is going to do it. We don’t have to know where and through whom He is going to do it. In fact, we don’t have to be certain about any of the details. We can rest knowing that He will accomplish what He wants to accomplish in us. It doesn’t have to be what we expected, and it probably won’t. It will be so much greater. 

 

3 ways to get less (but more important) stuff done | the minimalist series pt 1

A lot of us spend a lot of valuable time doing a bunch of stuff. We measure productivity and success by quantity (or in my case the number of boxes with a black check through them).We get a lot done, but it’s not important.

I don’t think we were meant to be spread so thin and chase so many things. I’m after a quality life, not a quantity life. I want a life of direction, focus, and passion.

minimalist-series-1

With that being said,

here are three ways to get less (but more important) stuff done.

Before you try any of these three suggestions, make a list of what you do each day. Identify the things in your life that are stealing your time and taking up creative energy that could be better used elsewhere. I bet this list will surprise you and I’m sure it will provide you with direction for where you want to go.

1. Get up early.

Eww. I know. It’s not fun. I used to swear by the fact that I worked best at night and was the farthest from a morning person. This semester I’ve been forced to wake up at 5:30-6 each morning and I’ve changed my mind. It’s not always the most comfortable thing to do, but waking up even just 30 minutes earlier than your used to can change your perspective and keep you motivated. When you feel productive you’ll want to be even more productive. If you want to do something great-somthing that no one else is doing-you have to take action and you have to get a head start.

How

Start small. Start by getting up 15 minutes earlier than you’re used to and increase it each week. The next week 30 minutes. Then 45, then an hour. Soon you’ll be seeing how early you can get up. Maybe. If so kudos to you.

Be disciplined. Make yourself turn off your phone and read a book before bed. It will help you relax and fall asleep sooner, making it easier to hit the alarm off early the next morning instead of hitting snooze.

Stick to it. You have to be consistent for your body to get used to a new sleep schedule. You need a few sleep in days here and there, but your body will thank you if you make it a habit to stick to the same schedule.

eb-10Processed with VSCO with a6 presetaboutpage2. Don’t just plan your day, prioritize your week

List the things that must get done, then the activities you want to get done, and finally list what you would consider a “bonus.” Every Sunday, plan out your week. If you’re a college student like me, assignments can often be overwhelming and it’s easy to miss something because you simply forgot. By planning and prioritizing your entire week, you’ll be able to manage your time more wisely. Set out your priorities and your goals for what you want to accomplish at the beginning of the week and you’ll have a gameplan for what you need to do each day to make those happen.

How

Set aside an hour or so on Sunday afternoon to organize and prioritize your week. Not everything has to be on a schedule, but include important assignments, meetings, appointments, and commitments.

Put it on paper. Some people may prefer an app, but I find it useful to see my week on paper. With details. And check-boxes. Grab a cute agenda or planning book to keep yourself organized.

3. Quit trying to multi-task

No matter how good you think you are at multi-tasking, I can guarantee you are better at single-tasking. Our brains weren’t designed to do a thousand things at once. You will be significantly more productive if you fully focus on what’s in front of you instead of spreading your attention out over a bunch of stuff. It’s a challenge to keep your brain from wandering and stay on task but it’s worth it.

How

Shut your phone off or put it away. I’ve started implementing this in a few different areas and I’ve found that it’s helped not only with productivity but with my concentration level as well. When you’re driving-put it in your glove box or purse. When you’re sitting in class, put it in your backpack pocket. When you’re writing content or completing an assignment, set it aside and put it on silent.

Clear your mind of anxiety and focus on what is in front of you. Before you start any project, write down anything that you’re worrying about. Get it out of your mind and onto paper so you can focus on the task in front of you.

Set a timer. Once the timer is up, move on to your next task, assignment, or project. This way you can plan how much time you will need and be wise about how you use that time.

bottom line: identify what’s stealing your time, get rid of it, and make room for what really matters. everything that is uncomfortable in life is making you more like the person you want to be. embrace discomfort and discipline. decide you can live without mediocre.

Be a boss. Get less (but more important) stuff done.