Leveraging Your Time

As the new year approaches, we begin to think about setting goals. But even more important than setting goals is establishing priorities, for goals flow out of priorities. 

When you know your priorities, it is easy to set goals and to keep them. Priorities are those things that are the most important to you. A good way to determine a priority is to ask yourself if you would die for it. 

Obviously, to us who follow Christ, God is our top priority. Our entire life–and all of our goals–must be built around Him. If we are married, our spouse is our next priority, followed by our children if we are parents. If we have a job, then that priority comes next unless we write full time for a living. 

But writing must be a priority in our lives if we are serious about our call. Otherwise, our writing is just a hobby. 

Take time this month to establish your priorities. Once you do, it will be easy to set goals.

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6 thoughts on “Leveraging Your Time

  1. I print mine out and tape them next to the computer so I can see them often. It helps me to see if I’m staying on track. Sometimes, I do. Sometimes, I don’t.

    December 3, 2009 at 7:22 AM

  2. As a wife, mom and teacher, I’m not sure if I can justify making writing a priority. It brings no income, and satisfies no one but myself. My other responsibilities get neglected no matter how hard I try to balance everything. I can’t do it all.

    So my goal this coming year is to find a way to get a handle on everything else, so that I can allow some time for writing.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:37 AM

  3. I guess, to be perfectly honest, writing *isn’t* a priority. I have to force myself to put it last. This is the equivalent to putting myself last, and my family and students first.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:38 AM