Be Creative Using Forced Deadlines

Be Creative Using Forced Deadlines

Have you ever had to do something that mattered in a limited amount of time? Of course you have. We have more to do and less time to do it.

I’m protective of my time at home in the evenings with my family as well as time alone to reflect and relax, therefore I choose to focus on my commitments in a creative “do more with less” attitude. I say no a lot, but the fact is, some of the things that I value (like blogging for you and this amazing community of people) is something I don’t have a lot of time for.  So I recently asked myself this question:

How would I operate differently if key tasks I perform at home or work had to be done in half the time?

I’m loving the results that this difficult question led me to:

* On my day off, I work on a laptop without a power source. When my battery dies, I’m done writing.
* I stopped doing my kids’ laundry – because I discovered they can do it on their own.
* Dinners in our home are much more simple now, but our conversations at the table are just as rich.

Now it’s your turn.  Force a tighter deadline.  What do you need to do that you can start doing in half the time?

Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally.  She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.

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