Perfect partners complement each other, former procrastinators. They may be flavors, business associates, or Clydesdale horses. They anchor each other. They also animate each other.
That’s what makes priorities and routine a dynamic duo. When you determine your priorities and build them into your routine, you have direction and power. There’s a matching up of needs, heart desires, and practical steps that results in accomplishment because the priority gets regular attention.
This dynamic duo helps us avoid “procrastinated priorities” – those things we say are priorities but don’t get around to. I’m convinced of the importance of scripture memory. Yet I do not memorize scripture unless I give it a reserved spot in my routine. Otherwise, I say I value scripture memory, but what I do says something else. Procrastinated priorities weigh us down because we feel guilty for not giving them attention.
Recognizing that something should be a priority does not make it one. A priority is something we actually give time and attention.
Considering that, should we confess TV is a priority for us because that’s where we devote time and attention? Does shopping get our attention but service projects do not – even though we say we value service more?
Getting dinner on the table, knitting a cap, reading to children, preparing a proposal for work – whatever your priority, assign it a time on the clock or tie it to an activity that’s part of your routine. (Clean up breakfast, review verses.)
Let’s note: *Some things can be weekly or monthly and still be priorities. We don’t hike or visit the art museum daily, but we can build those into our schedules on a regular basis. *Rest and playtime are priorities – important enough for reserved slots in your routine. *Feeding the family and raising children are priorities and major work.
Determining priorities and assigning them a slot in your routine makes them happen. The sense of peace and accomplishment is huge because the important things are getting your attention. Routine enables us to do the most important things. Harness that dynamic duo and ride to victory!
What are your priorities for this fall? Where will you place them in your routine?