Thursday Time Tip: Avoiding the Dangers of Our Own High Standards

Dangers of High Standards

For many people, we are our own harshest critics. We have high expectations for ourselves. We push for perfect performance.

But sometimes having high standards can backfire.

Expecting perfection can lead to a psychological phenomenon that I will call the “might as well” effect.

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I Can Relax through Christ Who Strengthens Me

I Can Relax through Christ

Philippians 4:13 is one of the most popular motivational scriptures: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

We see it in T-shirts and posters and tattoos. Philippians 4:13 is recited before we take tests, go for job interviews, play football games, or tackle the tough things in life.

It’s what I would imagine a Christian hero in an action movie would say right before the final battle.

But this scripture isn’t just about the challenges that make us nervous or the ones that make us sweat. This scripture is also about helping us relax and rest.

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Remember Life Happens

Remember Life Happens

A few days ago my good friend was walking through a grocery store with his 5-year-old on his back. A little bending over to pick something off the shelf and pop.

He was in some discomfort for a few days. Then one morning the pain suddenly became excruciating.

As I write this, he’s getting surgery for a severely herniated disc.

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Why God May Oppose Your New Year’s Resolutions

Tower of Babel

It’s a great thing, of course, to have goals and aspirations. New Year’s Resolutions even.

But there are many wrong ways to do this. Many ways which leave out God, some unintentionally.

And in his mercy, God will frustrate your plans. Just like he did with the Tower of Babel.

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“Your Procrastination Solution” Questions – Episode 23

Your Procrastination Solution Podcast

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Dealing with procrastination is often a highly individualized endeavor. Everyone procrastinates for different reasons; everyone finds victory with slightly different solutions.

Today, I get a little deeper into some of these more personalized issues, answering some questions sent in to me.

These questions were based off of my new (and free) ebook, Your Procrastination Solution – which I encourage you to download if you haven’t already.

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Thursday Time Tip: The Zeigarnik Effect

Zeigarnik Effect

Here’s another tip that didn’t fit into Your Procrastination Solution but may be quite helpful to some.

As explained by Richard Wiseman in 59 Seconds, dive into a project and trick your psychology using the Zeigarnik effect.

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Thursday Time Tip: Fighting Procrastination with Clarity

Fighting Procrastination with Clarity

I left this out of Your Procrastination Solution, but I think it’s worth a mention here.

Although it’s not necessarily a cause of procrastination, often confusion can be a large contributing factor.

If you don’t have a clear idea of what you should be doing right now, it’s much more likely that you’ll procrastinate in order to relieve the tension.

Maybe a task seems overly complex. If so, break it down into steps and get started on your first item.

Maybe your to-do list is lengthy and unprioritized. If so, establish what’s your number one priority at the moment.

This isn’t a revolutionary approach – it seems like so much common sense. But I bet you’d be surprised how often confusion throws a monkey wrench into your productivity. Oftentimes a little confusion is all it takes to tip the balance over to procrastination.

And, of course, I don’t want to forget to mention my new (and free!) ebook, Your Procrastination Solution.

Don’t procrastinate and grab your copy right now.

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Your Procrastination Solution Is Here

Your Procrastination Solution

You undoubtedly struggle with procrastination. It seems as common to the human condition as breathing.

Scripture tells us it’s foolish, time management experts tell us it’s wasteful, and even our own common sense tells us it’s something to be avoided. But yet we still scratch that procrastination itch.

We don’t need more guilt trips. We don’t need more motivational posters. We need real solutions.

That’s why I’m excited today to announce the release of my new (and free) ebook, Your Procrastination Solution.

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The Cost of Redeeming the Time

The Cost of Redeeming the Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 (KJV)
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

I have written before on this phrase “redeeming the time” and the vivid pictures that are created by Paul’s original language. Paul describes the process of making the most of our time in marketplace terms.

To redeem a slave is to buy them and set them free. To redeem our time is to exert effort to rescue our time from slavery to the world, our sin, and our earthly systems and thoughts.

But we forget that redemption isn’t easy.

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Thursday Time Tip: Protecting Your Time from Your Spouse (and Respecting Their Time)

Protecting Your Time from Your Spouse

Do you know what the two easiest tasks in the world are?

The first is creating work for others. The second is saying yes to work others create for you.

Of course, this leads to a breakdown as commitments vastly outpace our ability to meet them. It’s crucial we learn to say no.

And as I think back in my life, the person that most often creates work for me is my wife. By far, I’m the person in my wife’s life that creates the most work for her. I’d imagine your marriage may be the same.

We need to learn how to lovingly and respectfully navigate this situation – guarding our time and learning to protect our spouse’s schedule from our own demands.

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