Prioritize Your Life for Success

Written by Jan Wallen


Today, it is hard to open an e-mail newsletter, a website, or an offline magazine and not see someone talking uprepparttar importance of time management.

The time management gurus are going out of their way to teach us how to set priorities in our work week, how to organize those priorities, and then finally stick to our priorities to get more done. I applaud their efforts.

Yet in all ofrepparttar 127066 dozens of articles that I have read that speak ofrepparttar 127067 importance and power of priorities in our work day, I have yet to see one person apply this principle to our lives outside of our jobs.

Let me show you how this is important. There are in fact 168 hours in a week. Of those 168 hours, we spend about 40 of them working, and we spend about 4 hours a week in transit to and from our jobs. As a result, we are spending just over one quarter of our lives taking care of business.

We spend approximately another 56 hours each week sleeping and another 7 hours grooming ourselves each week. Add to thisrepparttar 127068 7 hours we spend eating, and we are left with 54 hours in our week that no one is talking about.

I find it truly startling that people fill volumes talking about how to manage just over 25% of our week, and completely ignore another 33% of our week that is left to our free time pursuits.

Most times when I count down these numbers for people, they are dumbfounded to realize that they have more free time available to them than they spend actually working! Work seems such a prevalent portion of our lives that we fail to realize that we have lives beyond work.

So let me ask you a question. One third of your life is devoted to non-work related activities. What priorities have you set for yourself during these 54 non-work hours available each week? Okay, now let me take that same question one step further. Are you acting on these priorities each day? If I asked your children what priorities you have set for your own life, how would THEY respond?

So many people recognize a need to set priorities onrepparttar 127069 job. Yet most of these same people fail to place priorities on their lives. Why do people recognizerepparttar 127070 need for one and notrepparttar 127071 other? Some would say thatrepparttar 127072 problem is rooted in not having God in their lives. But, even that falls far short ofrepparttar 127073 truth.

Even Christians fall into this same rut. That seems to cancel outrepparttar 127074 argument about a lack of God in our lives.

The only argument that bears out in fact is that we pay more attention to giving our priorities lip service, than we do to findingrepparttar 127075 strength, determination, and integrity toward defining and then honoring any real priorities in our lives.

Your Endless Journey to More Abundant Life

Written by Andrei Yashurin


There are two ways to gain knowledge aboutrepparttar world we live in (and I mean both physical and spiritual worlds). First is that we can believe inrepparttar 127065 things that are told to us. Second is that we can try to find answers on our own. Let us call people who preferrepparttar 127066 first way "believers", andrepparttar 127067 second, "investigators". No person is a pure "believer" or a pure "investigator", because in our life we all combine those two approaches to gaining knowledge. Evenrepparttar 127068 most skeptical of us donít question a number of things just because they have no time and no desire to prove them. And evenrepparttar 127069 most convinced believers do have their own doubts over certain aspects of their life.

It is up to us whether we choose to be "believers" or "investigators". This decision is based on our priorities.

For example, it is better for those who are looking for certainty to become "believers" and not to ask too many questions. People of such a kind are more interested in traditional, Fundamentalist religions. Basically, they are good, trustworthy and reliable people, good spouses and citizens, highly acclaimed by their neighbors, and it is not my intention to put them down.

Are you looking for certainty above all else? My advise is this: find a church that you likerepparttar 127070 best (which depends on your personal preferences), and become its faithful member. Believe all things that you hear from a pulpit. Donít ask questions. Assume that your minister knows it all, anyway, he (she) spent so many years in seminary and in ministry. Give him (her) your money in exchange for a dose of certainty every Sunday. If you will ever hear some people who donít agree with your church doctrine, have a pity for them, because they don't seerepparttar 127071 True Light. Be blessed, and be happy, for millions of godly people aroundrepparttar 127072 world are doing justrepparttar 127073 same. It is a way that they choose, and there are no reasons to condemn it. Actually, their religion may be a good one!

However, if you think that such a lifestyle limits you and does not agree with your deepest desires, you can choose another way, and to become an "investigator".

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