I’ve always known that blogging daily is a full time job especially if you want to stay fresh and up to date. Having to combine my day job with blogging has placed tremendous pressure on my schedule and keeping faith with everyone that’s been faithful to the CrystalQuest project has been the main drive and motivation that’s making the challenges worthwhile. Nevertheless, my sincere apologies to you dear readers, for looking back at 2013, I’ve come to realize that at some point my hectic schedule sort of slowed things down and it kind of affected my keeping in touch. Thank you so much for your understanding. I’ll do my best to up the tempo this year and trust God to guide, guard and make this year unbelievably pleasant for us all… Amen!

That being said, as 2014 rolls by, I want to share one strategy that’s been of great help to me in times past and that I hope to really take advantage of this year. It’s the power of prioritizing. I’m sure you know the feeling of getting up for work in the morning with the feeling of having so much to do that you don’t know where to start. Oftentimes, everything that you have to do seems like a priority, which makes it tough to figure out where to begin. Prioritization is the essential skill that you need to make the very best use of your own efforts. It’s also a skill that you need to create calmness and space in your life so that you can focus your energy and attention on the things that really matter. It’s particularly important when time is limited and demands are seemingly unlimited. It’s your ability to allocate your time where it’s most-needed and most wisely spent, freeing you from less important tasks that can be attended to later or quietly dropped.

You can prioritize based on time constraints, on the potential profitability or benefit of the task you’re facing, or on the pressure you’re under to complete a job. When creating your list of priorities, be realistic about your bandwidth. Setting unattainable goals will only cause disappointment down the road. To be able to effectively prioritize, you must also be able to deal with changing priorities. Take them as they come and decide if they are really important or just urgent. You must also be careful because when something is really important, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and end up spending way too much time on a project or task. Spending too much time on one priority, however, prevents you from getting other stuff knocked off your list. Acknowledge when you’re doing this and enforce strict deadlines to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. I tell you what, having a lot to do can be overwhelming, but prioritizing (and careful management of re-prioritized tasks) can bring order to chaos, massively reduce stress, and increase effectiveness. You will succeed!