The Influence of Written Routines

Over the past month I’ve had to establish some routines for myself in regards to some health circumstances that are going on in my life. Don’t worry. I’m fine. It’s just that I’m getting older and have some new challenges that are forcing me to be more disciplined.

In the meantime I’ve gotten some content that helped me to think through my daily productivity and discipline. It has been so helpful to me that I thought I’d pass it along to whoever may read.

Michael Hyatt, in his Free to Focus course suggests that every person needs to do 3 things to really get on track.

  1. Written goals.

  2. Written routines

  3. Written ideal weekly schedule.

I’ll blog later about written goals and the written ideal weekly schedule. Just know that writing down your goals, if done the right way, can greatly increase the chance that you’ll reach them. I’ll also blog about an ideal weekly schedule and how that can help you focus appropriately and give yourself space to work and think on the most important things.

What I wanted to write about today are the 4 routines that I’ve implemented due to Michael Hyatt’s suggestion to stay highly productive and on course. The four routines are these:

  • Morning Routine

  • Workday Startup Routine

  • Workday Shut Down Routine

  • Evening Routine.

I wrote down a routine (which is really a checklist) for each of the 4 times. By sticking to these routines it has helped me to take care of the daily details like planning my day, entering transactions into my budget software, keeping up with my mileage, journaling my prayers, and sticking to a daily Bible reading plan, amoung other things.

Now this may seem like overkill, but what it has done for me is helped me stay disciplined with my health, my spiritual life, my home life, my financial life, and even with work. I have been able to get a hold of things that I’ve had a hard time being consistent with in the past. It has given me space and time to think and work on the most important tasks and not just to react to my entire day. The results have been incredible.

The truth is that leading yourself is one of the most difficult things you’ll do. We need God’s help to do this. What’s also true is that often our own personal disciplines are what keep us doing the right things in terms of our relationship with God. If you want to be a good leader to others you have to lead yourself well. Personal disciplines are foundational for public leadership.

Personal foundations are foundational for public leadership.

I’m not perfect in all of this. I’m certainly still growing as a husband, father, pastor and leader, but I have found this to be really helpful.

Do you have any routines? How do they help you?


Get On God’s Plan!

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. -Psalm 37:3-5

20100105-moleskineHave you ever felt overwhelmed with a particular task, project, or role that you have in your life?  I’ve been there many times.  I have to remind myself often that any success I am going to experience is going to come because of what the Lord does.  I don’t need to merely ask him to bless my plans.  I need to make sure my plans are God’s plans for me.  I need to get on board with what He is doing and wants me to do.

Here is a great, simple prayer- “God, what do you want me to do today? Give me wisdom and discernment to know what decisions I need to make!”

It’s short, and simple, but sometimes tough to remember and do!

Galatians Day 6- Putting people on a Pedastal…

pedestal3Have you ever known someone who has done a lot for the Lord? I have several people in my life who have a large influence when it comes to making a difference for the Lord. These kind of people deserve honor, and should be learned from and worked with, yet they are still people. Yesterday we saw some great leadership skills exemplified by Paul. Today this example continues.

Paul recognized those who were influential without holding them in too high regard…

But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: (7) But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (v.6-7)

…because he recognized it was the grace of God that allowed them all to accomplish any gospel ministry.

(8) (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) (9) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. (10) Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. (v.8-10)

So, some points of application for us:

  • Sometimes a desire to hold others in too high regard comes from a desire to be held in high regard by others.
  • A cure for this is understanding who we are and who God is when it comes to ministry. Every person is given talents, spiritual gifts, and particular ministry that is specific to them. Any true success that anyone has in life is the gracious gift of God.

Any opportunity to do ministry, and any success that comes in ministry is a gracious gift of God.