Establishing Order in Your Life

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1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

Organization is important to your life because it determines how much you get done daily. One of the areas where God has been good to me is in the area of organization. One of the things that many people have asked me to do is to teach how to organize. The reason they want to learn how to be organized is because they see how their disorganization keeps them from accomplishment.

Organization is spiritual and Scriptural. The verse above says that “all things” are to be done “in order.” The word “order” means in succession. God is not suggesting to get our lives organized, but He is commanding us to establish order in our lives. Let me share several thoughts that will help you to establish order in your life.

First, if you don’t have order in your life, you will have disorder in it. One reason so many people are living a life of chaos is because of the lack of organization in their life. You cannot have peace in life when your life is in disarray. Organization helps you to face your daily tasks without stress and to handle the unexpected calmly.

Second, categorize the important things. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Some things are more important than others. Anything that would take God out of first place in your life will cause disarray in your life. God must always be in first place in your life when you organize your life. Some things that must always be in first place is regular attendance to ALL the church services, tithing, reading the Scriptures and prayer. Look at your life and categorize it by importance; you cannot have organization without labeling the level of importance.

Third, don’t avoid the difficult because it is difficult. One of the things that causes people not to organize their life is because of the difficult things they must face to be organized. I have learned that if I get the most difficult tasks done first thing in the morning when my mind is fresh that it is easier to accomplish it than to put it off until later in the day when I am tired. Moreover, putting off the difficult until tomorrow will not make it easier. The easiest time to accomplish the difficult is now.

Fourth, do the next thing on the stack. Put what you have to do on a stack and take the first thing on the top of the stack and do it. When you take the next thing on the stack and work on it until it is complete is how you get things done.

Fifth, what you can do now, do immediately. In other words, do anything that takes less than five minutes to accomplish immediately. It is easier to get things done that are quick tasks so that you don't put them off until later. Many tasks won't take that long to get done, and getting them done immediately sets a mindset to organization and accomplishment.

Sixth, don’t go to the next task until you finish the present one. Don't wander from task to task, but focus on the task at hand until you get it done without worrying about the next one. When you stay focused on one task at a time is what will help you to accomplish more through your life. Getting things done is critical to organization, so do one thing at a time and you will find yourself organized and getting more things done than you thought possible.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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