Every now and then it seems as though life is spinning out of control for me. School assignments become overwhelming. Pounding headaches are attributed to looming deadlines, I’m pulled in more directions than I think I can handle and the calmness that is typically my trademark is nowhere on the horizon. In these times of crisis, my blood pressure increases and I begin to do something that makes everyone around me cringe: I throw myself a pity party and invite my friends to join me!.
What I’ve come to realize is that I can save myself (and those around me) from unnecessary drama, which typically shows itself as shortness of patience, sharp words and frayed nerves. Simply by planning ahead and making allowances for things to possibly go awry, I can regain my composure and get things done with time to spare. Many people don’t work well under pressure and if told the truth, neither do I. Yet, under pressure and prone to making errors is where I find myself working most of the time, because I wait until the 11th hour to start working on many of my projects and assignments.
It’s obvious that I need to have an action plan or a flow chart visual (reflecting due dates, etc.) to help me get a grip on my assignments and responsibilities. I’ll get started on one soon (I just need to find some time to get it done!).
Take action now: Meditate on Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (English Standard Version).
Embrace this truth:If you fail to plan, you just may fail.