Staying on top of tasks is crucial to keeping work and family life separated. I’ve missed enough important deadlines to know that making them up on a weekend is a sure-fire way to an unhappy home. The opposite is also true: if things are not being taken care of at home, your boss will not be drawing a smiley face on your next performance review. What to do?
I’d love to throw a technology solution at this one (and I will in a later article), but I’ve found in my own life that a majority of my task management problems is a result of pure laziness and a discontent spirit. I hate to admit it, but I end up causing most of my own problems by avoiding what needs to be done, doing what I want to do instead, and then paying the consequences later by pulling an all-weekender. The coolest MoleSkine and the greatest iPad ToDo app isn’t going to fix that problem. It’s time to find out what’s really going on.
If the above seems eerily familiar to you, ask yourself some of these questions that I’ve asked myself:
1) What desire am I trying to fulfill rather than do what I’ve committed to doing?
2) Why am I discontent with the work I’ve been given, only to seek satisfaction elsewhere? Is this evident in other areas of my life?
3) Am I viewing myself above the people I’ve been called to serve?
4) Have I over committed myself and am now in a state of paralysis?
5) If I have over committed myself, why did I do it? Am I seeking the approval of man or the “promise” of what money can buy? Am I living in fear of not being provided for?
When I’ve been honest with myself and gotten down to the root of those questions, I’ve found that my heart is sinful, ultimately desiring sugar-coated promises rather than enjoying what Christ has already given me. Thankfully, I’ve found Grace and Forgiveness by seeking God with a heart desiring to destroy that rationalization to sin.
A good tool can certainly help wade through and manage the nastiest of project lists, but it’ll do nothing but gather dust if the ultimate problem lies within the heart.