Thursday, October 27, 2011

Eager to Work

When we think of Priela, the Proverbs 31 woman, we realize that the woman got an incredible amount of things accomplished? Why, because she was eager to work. Look at these verses in Proverbs 31:

 13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
   17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
The woman was eager to work, and because of her strength of character and body, she was able to accomplish an immense amount of things every day as well as over the course of her life.

There are three things that hold me back from being eager to work.
  1. Procrastination
  2. Feeling overwhelmed
  3. Not knowing where to start
Anyone else struggle with those things when it comes to cleaning the shower, folding laundry, or even getting your law school homework done?

Procrastination-- I'll deal with that in a later post.


I discussed earlier how I envy the Proverbs 31 woman her discipline. She was organized, probably had a detailed schedule and task list on her Blackberry, and was constantly aware of the amount of work she had, so she could schedule her time and take on one task at a time. She was not overwhelmed by the amount of work that she had to do, just tackled one task at a time, took one day at a time in order to accomplish the most amount of work.

The lesson I can learn from her is to take one job at a time, to do one thing completely before starting another. And I learned from Franklin Covey, 7 Habits for Highly Effective People (see this post or this one) that in order to get things done in a very busy day, you have to do the big jobs first. Like filling a jar with sand, pebbles, and large rocks, the only way to get it all to fit is to put the big rocks in the jar first, at the bottom of the jar, then the pebbles, which shake around the large rocks to the bottom, and finally the sand to fill in any gaps. By starting with the big jobs, the onerous jobs, the most important jobs, then we can fit everything else into our schedule. What's the most important thing you have to do everyday? For me its spending time in the Bible and in prayer-- thus I do it first thing in the morning, before my son even wakes up, and usually before I have a shower or breakfast. That's the most important thing in my day, and if I do it first, I know that everything else will fit into my day, if I wait until the end of the day, some other task or small task will come up and I won't be able to do it.

I'm participating in a 31 Day Challenge to Change my World.
What am I doing for 31 Days?
Spending it with the Proverbs 31 Woman.
If you'd like to read all of my 31 Days with Prov. 31 please click here.

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