Are You on Information Overload?

Scripture warns us that in the last days, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Dan 12:4 NKJV) . We call this the “Information Age”, and I believe that we are right smack in the middle of it. 

Just look at your e-mailbox. If it’s anything like mine, it’s inundated with hundreds of emails, many unsolicited. Moreover, everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with invitations to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and a host of other social media of which there seems to be no end. 

So where do we draw the line? 

When Jesus was on earth, He ran everything by His Father. In so doing, Jesus knew exactly where to go, when to go, how long to stay, and what to say and do while He was there. He did nothing without consulting the Father first. If Jesus had to consult the Father first in order to establish priorities in alignment with the Father’s will, how much more do we need to consult the Father in everything? 

We all know we have an enemy who will try to divert us from our Lord. The enemy often does this by putting good things in our path. After all, good things don’t come across at first as dangerous. For instance, church ministry is a good thing. But it becomes a bad thing when it assumes priority over time spent in developing our relationship with our Lord. 

When helping my writing clients to establish priorities, I remind them that DOING flows out of BEING. In other words, what we do must flow out of BEING in (abiding in) Christ. We get into trouble when we put the DOING first. 

So how connected should we be? As connected as our Lord instructs us to be. No more. No less.
Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

(Attitude) Dealing with Overwhelm

The 21st century with all of its technological discoveries has engendered a new disorder called Overwhelm. Grammatically speaking, “overwhelm” is a verb, not a noun.  But the case is strong for making it a noun as well.

If overwhelm were a noun, I would define it as an excessive amount of emotional and psychological input creating the feeling that one is being buried under it. (I welcome your definition.)

With that definition in mind, how can we deal with overwhelm?  Here are a few tips that have helped me:

1) Spend time with God every day seeking His will and direction for your life. Years ago, when I was struggling with overwhelm, our Lord said this to me: “You always have enough time to do what I have called you to do.”  Our Lord’s words made me realize that I was involved in some good activities that He had not called me to be involved in.  So, if you have too much on your plate, you are doing some things that God does not want you to do. Eliminate them.

2) Streamline your environment. Get rid of everything that is contributing to your overwhelm. Recently, I cleared out hundreds of books from my library, books that I will never read again and that will provide benefit to others. Not only did I clear out my house, but I also cleared out my mind.

3) Take time to regroup each day. Sometimes we experience overwhelm simply because we do not take the time to nurture ourselves. Women are especially guilty of this. So give yourself the gift of ten minutes a day just for you to do something you love to do.

Remember that you can control overwhelm. By following the three simple steps above, you will find yourself breathing freely again.
Copyright 2013 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

(Attitude) The Perils of Procrastination

procrastinate“I’ll do it tomorrow.”  How often have you heard those words or said them yourself?  While some things must wait until tomorrow, and some things can wait until tomorrow, some things cannot wait until tomorrow.  Pursing your passion is one of those things that cannot wait until tomorrow.

For most of us, writing is a passion that has become a profession. To neglect to write would, therefore, be to neglect our passion and, in so doing, to neglect our profession.

Yet, why do some writers often find themselves putting off until tomorrow what they should do today?  Here are a few reasons, most of which are excuses:

1)  I don’t have time to write. All of us have the same number of hours in each day. How we use those hours reflects what is important to us. If writing is important to you, you will make time to write.  Notice, I did not say find time to write. We don’t find time to write; we carve it into our daily schedule.

2) I’ll write when the kids grow up, or when I quit my job, or when I finish my degree.  The truth is that, if you are not making time to write now, you will likely not make time to write when.  Motivational speaker Denis Waitley used to call this intangible future place Someday Isle. Are you living on Someday Isle?  If so, leave immediately and move to Now Isle.

3) I’ll write but first, I have to check my email; but first I have to do the laundry; but first I have to clean the bathroom. Jesus had a lot to say about people who put less important things first (Matthew 8:21-22). To succeed as a writer, you must make writing a top priority.

Procrastination is one of Satan’s most subtle tools to keep us from fulfilling our destiny as writers. Get wise to him and resist procrastination. If you don’t, you’ll be moving to What Might Have Been Isle, not a pretty place to live.

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