Why You Should Carve Out Time to Have Fun

You are a busy leader. You’ve got demands on your time at home and at work. It’s important to build in time into your schedule to slow down. And it’s all right to want to have fun.

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You don’t have to spend all of your time being productive. It’s good to take time to enjoy the life that God has given you.

Here are three lessons I have learned why it’s important to carve out time to have fun.

Why You Should Prepare a Strategic Plan

A strategic plan is a necessity for any business endeavor.  I have seen the value it provides for client organizations and companies I have worked with.  But don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what Bruce had to say.

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Bruce chairs a nationwide association.  At a panel discussion he and I were on together at their national conference, he talked about the strategic planning process I had led for him and his board.  And he told the members at that session that he would be remiss if he did not encourage all of them to have a strategic plan.

If that still doesn’t convince you, then here are three reasons why you should prepare a strategic plan.

Are Your Priorities in the Right Place?

Do you have your priorities in the right place?  Is what you say is most important to you really what is most important to you?

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We all have good intentions.  But we also know that the road to hell is paved with those good intentions.  So are we really putting our priorities into practice?

Here is a quick three-step test to find out if you are putting your priorities into practice.

4 Struggles to Overcome for a Meaningful Prayer Life

by Nathan Tabor, NathanTabor.com

prayer lifeDo you struggle in your prayer life?  I struggle with the inclusion of prayer in my everyday life. Honestly, everyone does. And everyone could be stronger and more diligent in their prayer lives. I certainly know that I could have a better prayer life.

The first step toward a daily prayer life is simply doing it!

Most of us have the same mental struggles with prayer: not having the time, needing a specific answer, not applying credit when due or just plain feeling guilty about asking for something in prayer or guilty about one’s lack of prayer.

Let’s talk about each of these struggles.

How to Grow Spiritually With a Busy Schedule

When your life is on overdrive, how do you find time to grow spiritually?  How do you spend time with God if your daily schedule is so brutal that it’s hard to find time to catch your breath?

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There is still a way to find peace in the midst of the storm.  You can rest in God even when your schedule is not restful.

Here are three thoughts to consider to help you grow spiritually, even if you have no time.

How to Overcome Distractions and Reclaim Your Productivity

We need to learn how to overcome distractions in order to be as productive as we want to be.  These little time wasters creep into our daily and weekly schedules and steal our productivity.

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When you start your work day or work week, you’ve got all this time to get your to-do list done.  And yet when the day or the week is over, the list isn’t done.  Why is that?  And how do we fix it?

To reclaim our productivity—and our focus—here are three points to keep in mind.

How to Develop the Habits to Live an Intentional Life

Interview with Dr. Randy Carlson, The Intentional Living Center

Randy CarlsonOnce we know the life we want to live, how do we make the changes to become the person we want to be?

Dr. Randy Carlson has helped thousands do just that.

Through the ministry of Family Life Radio, Dr. Carlson uses his doctorate in counseling, his 26 years as a marriage and family therapist, and his daily Intentional Living call-in radio program to equip people to follow through on living purposefully for Christ.

I caught up with Randy at Proclaim 16.  Here’s what he said about the work they do at the Intentional Living Center.

How to Find More Time for Rest in Your Busy Life

How to Find More Time for Rest in Your Busy LifeWhy do we always say we need time to rest, and yet we never really make time for it?

We tend to burn the candle at both ends—while working and playing.

We work hard for months so that we can get away on vacation.  When we get back from vacation, we say we need a vacation.  To recuperate from our vacation.

We can’t wait for months to get a time to rest.  How do we find the time to get the rest we need—on a regular basis?

How to Choose Between Good and Best

We all have to make choices between good and best.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

As with Robert Frost’s famous choice, our choices depend on our priorities.  But how do we decide our priorities?

Here are three things to consider as we choose the path forward.

What If You Had a GPS App for Living Your Life?

Living ForwardYou’re hiking in the woods.  The sun is shining.  The temperature is cool.  It’s a perfect day.

You walk along a trail near a stream.  The constant sound of gurgling water makes a comfortable companion.

The trail gets too steep after you cross a couple of footbridges, so you turn around.  After you cross the second footbridge, you don’t hear the stream anymore.

You’re lost.  What you do you?

You pull out your GPS, right?  But what if this scenario were a metaphor for life?

We know God is always there for us.  The Holy Spirit is our Counselor.  And the Word is the light unto our path.

But what about the specifics of your life?  How do you know you’re on the right track?