Font Size » + | -By Renita Collins Living a life in focus seems to be a lost art. We all need to consistently regain focus in order to return to God’s original intent for our lives. Beware of the following three tendencies that can easily hinder our ability to focus: 1. Lack of Prioritizing When we examine where most of our time and energy is spent, we sometimes find that the relationships and assignments that are most important to us receive less time and energy than the relationships and assignments that are least important to us. There is a difference between what is important and what is vital. A job is important, but a child’s physical and emotional well-being is vital. Receiving an advanced degree or promotion on your job may be important, but being a husband or a wife who is a “life-giver” instead of a “life-stealer” is vital. We must at some point sit down and prioritize our relationships and assignments. If you are a person of faith, your relationship with God should be at the top of your list followed by your spouse and children if you have them. Even though you may believe this hierarchy of priorities exists in your life, your actions may reveal something altogether different. We must align our daily activities with our most important relationships and assignments. I challenge you to sit down, prioritize, and then evaluate your day to determine if your activities reflect your priorities. 2. Busyness Busyness is often unproductive with no end in mind. In Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People the first habit is “begin with the end in mind.” We live in an over-stimulated, impersonal, under-nurtured society. Technology can become a hindrance when not used effectively. These devices have become a source of distraction and have encouraged impersonal contact. Anything that is out of balance cannot stand. Some people pride themselves on being able to multitask. However, extreme multitasking can lead to destruction. We must avoid the distraction of busyness. Having too many commitments in our schedules can choke the life out of our priorities. Reducing busyness requires stripping unnecessary activities and streamlining so that we focus primarily on activities that propel us closer to our goals and cultivate our most important relationships. Be present where you are whether you are spending time with family or simply relaxing. De-clutter your surroundings, your life, and your mind. The only reward for busyness is busyness! The reward for focus is results. 3. Procrastination Procrastination stems from an improper thought life. It is a result of irrational and false thinking that is rooted in fear, manifesting as either disorganization or perfectionism. Some actions that result from an improper thought life are: -overestimating or underestimating the time needed to carry out a task -becoming overwhelmed by a task -overestimating the motivation needed to complete a task. Procrastination is knowing what, how, and when to do something but not doing it. Procrastinators usually have a false perception of themselves, not having the confidence that they need to complete a task. Our thoughts form our actions and our actions form our lifestyle. We must change our thoughts to reflect the truth instead of FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). It’s time to get focused. Your life and the lives of your loved ones are depending on it! About the Author: Renita Collins is a pastor’s wife, mother of two, and the author of the book 31 Days of Focus. She resides in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, with her husband, Frank, and her children, Frank III and Raina.