Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Recalculating your agenda

When I'm riding along and take a different turn than the GPS told me to, it recalculates the route.  In a few moments time, it comes up with a way to still get to the original destination albeit just a little bit later.

Recalculation is something I apply to my personal weekly agenda when I am given an opportunity to do something special with my family or friends.  I don't want to live so rigidly that I can't ever accept a last minute invitation.  My family members are very spontaneous and it's very common for them to decide just moments before that they're going to go to the movies, or for ice cream, or pretty much anywhere.  I am not very spontaneous myself, but flow with people who are.  My husband has decided at the last minute that we'll go away overnight.  Taking advantage of any of this requires an immediate recalculation for me.  It's important to me to work it out if at all possible because I want to enjoy life and do things with those I love.

Looking at my agenda, I see what could possibly be moved to the next day.  If a change is possible, I make a decision to add a few things to the following day's agenda in order to get it all done, and on time -- by Sunday.  The most important thing with a recalculation is that you don't put it off again and absolutely follow through.  (This is the stuff leaders are made of, by the way.)  It's tempting after recalculation when I have ten items to acccomplish the next day  instead of five to just keep putting them off, but that would eventually lead to greater stress not to mention bad character.

 A recalculation does no good if you don't actually arrive at your destination by week's end.  The step where most people fail is the follow through to actually add the deferred items to the next day's schedule.  I have to be honest that it does drive me a little okay maybe  a lot insane when people don't do something they agreed to do for me and then say, "well you know, we just decided to take off and go to [take your pick of destination here] and therefore I never got to your whatever that I promised you I'd do..."   This is truly a lack of character being that faithfulness and dependability are values God holds in high regard not to mention most other people do too.    

Through careful recalculation, flexibility and follow through you can get your work done and spend time with those you love.

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