I read a very interesting article this week that I want to summarize for
you. It’s written by Phil Cooke who is a writer, television producer, and
media consultant. He has worked with Billy Graham, Oral Roberts,
Salvation Army, Mercy Ships, The American Bible Society, and many more.
The article caught my eye because it addresses one of the issues I hear
from so many Christians. Claims like “I’m so busy, but don’t seem to be
accomplishing anything.” “There never seems to be enough time to relax,
read a book, reflect, or think.”
If you happen to be one of those people who are always complaining about
how busy you are, try these tips from Phil Cooke especially as it relates
to social media.
Tip #1:Turn off your computer
and mobile device notifications. Do you really need to
know the moment a person responds to your tweet or Facebook post? Do you
really need to be alerted the exact second every email arrives? You talk
about over kill. Let it rest.
Tip #2:Schedule two times (no
more than three times) a day to check your email. That’s
it. I know many of you are going to quit reading this Freshly Bru’d at
this point. Can you go a whole day without email?
Tip #3:Clean up your
workspace. This doesn’t mean at work only, but also at
home. The key is knowing where everything is. I spend too much time
everyday trying to find my keys, that important item, the tool needed for
a repair, etc. Half your daily stress comes from searching under piles of
papers for that THING you desperately need. Take a few hours and tidy up.
Sure it’s a pain, but once it’s done, your stress levels will lower
Tip #4:Keep an updated to-do
list. Get tasks out of your email onto a list that you
can prioritize. You can’t see the big picture until you see everything on
a list. How many projects do you have at home that never get done because
you forget about them? Write them on a list and post it on the
refrigerator. While you’re at work too; get projects and tasks on a list-
you can even use an app for this- and look at them at the end of every
day. Check off the ones you accomplished and add new ones as needed.
Tip #5: Learn to say
no. Too many people double up on their schedule. You
can’t be at every activity all at the same time. Don’t double or triple
Tip #6:Schedule time off.
If you don’t intentionally put it on the calendar it will never happen.
I’m not talking about vacation but an afternoon at the museum, shopping,
taking a nap, reading a book, anything that will get your mind off work
and help you clean out the mental pipes. Walking is one of the cheapest
de-stressors you can do to enhance your mood.
I hope you find these tips as helpful as I did!
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