Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) said …
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
Effective leaders make that which matters most the top priority, each and every day.
No doubt you already have a long list of items today that must get done. But what about those things that merely need to get done? When and where will they fit in?
When Jesus visited his friends in Bethany, Martha spent the morning doing what had to be done: cooking and cleaning (and then complaining).
Mary, however, did what matters most: she spent the morning sitting at the feet of Jesus.
When Martha objected, Jesus said, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
We all have Martha-type chores to do. They can’t be ignored forever, or even for long. Eventually, they must get done.
But don’t forget that which is needed. Today (and then tomorrow) before you get to what must be done, get to what needs to be done.
Consider doing first that which matters most. Schedule your priorities. You do so with a promise: it will never be taken away from you.