< Previous Post: | Next Post: >

Who’s Making Your Daily Decisions?

Don't let your day control you! Asking questions based on your priorities can help you make daily decisions about your most important activities.

 

Are you ever unsure how to answer when someone asks you how your day was?

I find myself in that position more often than I like. Sometimes its because I’m not sure if the person asking is really interested. Other times I can’t decide how much information to actually share.

Usually, though, its because I can’t quite remember what I did all day! Sometimes I’m unsure how to measure success or failure. Did I have a good day or bad day? Why?

As women we all have multiple roles that we play. Each of those roles comes with a variety of daily decisions, tasks and responsibilities. Plenty of other things also vie for our attention and interest.

When we wake up in the morning, there are a zillion different ways we can spend the day. How do we decide what to do? Who makes our daily decisions? When we look back on our day, how do we decide if it was good or bad?

In reality, none of us decides what we will do – our priorities decide for us.

The choices I make reflect my true priorities.

Regardless of what I accomplish, the success or failure of my day is ultimately determined by having the right priorities.

As a woman of God these are the priorities I want to keep:

  • God – He is my creator, Savior and friend
  • Husband – I am married (nearing 16 years)
  • Kids – 5 little people call me Mom
  • Home – this is the place we all live; it takes a lot of wear and tear
  • Others – friends, acquaintances, neighbors, strangers, outside interests

To remind myself of the priorities I have chosen, I’ve made a list of questions to help me evaluate what to do each day.

God

How am I going to worship God throughout my day?

When am I going to read, study or meditate on Scripture?

What circumstances do I need to trust Him with today?

What attitudes do I need God’s help with today?

In what specific areas do I  need to remember to seek God’s wisdom?

Which promises should I be reminding myself of during the day?

Husband

How can I bless my husband today?

Have I prayed for him?

What is the most important thing I can do for him today? (Ask him if necessary!)

Should I be more conscious of the way I talk to or about him?

Children

How can I nurture and cherish my children today?

Have I prayed for them?

How can I show them Jesus today?

What does each one most need from me right now?

In what areas do they need to be encouraged, challenged or trained?

What would give them joy today?

Home

What area of my home needs the most attention today?

Have I been consistent with daily maintenance?

Is there a seasonal project I should work on?

How can I create a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere?

Others

Should I spend time serving someone outside my family today?

Am I ready for any pre-planned activities?

Should I purposefully plan or seek out an opportunity to serve others today?

Am I prepared to graciously meet any unplanned opportunity that God puts before me?

Do I have time for pursuing other interests?

 

At the end of a day I can look back and see how I answered those questions. Some days are full of success. My daily decisions reflect the right priorities.

Others sway more toward failure, and my decisions betray misplaced priorities.

I’m thankful that I serve a gracious God who is ready to forgive my failures and faithful to give new days and more opportunities to choose well.

 

Want to print those questions? Request a copy here.

Yes, please . . . let me print the list!

* indicates required



 

Don't let your day control you! Asking questions based on your priorities can help you determine what the most important activities will be each day.

What are your daily decisions revealing about your priorities?

 

Shared at: Grace & TruthThoughtful ThursdayTuesday Talk, Coffee and Conversation, Women With Intention, Candle In The Night, Fellowship Fridays, Art of Homemaking, Modest Monday, Mom2Mom Monday, Christian Mommy Blogger, So Much At Home and Raising Homemakers.

Photo Credit: melodramababs via photopin cc

Comments

  1. What a great post! So often I’m just clicking through my daily to-do list, but this really made me stop and think about what matters the most in life. Thanks for sharing.

    • So glad you found it thought-provoking, Sara. I’m a list-checker for sure and need frequent reminders about what’s truly most important.

  2. I love this so much Abi!

    I need to keep these questions in my heart – and what a wonderful way to start my day by taking a few minutes every morning to ponder these questions.

    Thanks so much for sharing (and for the inspiration)!

    • Yes, when I remember to think through them regularly, I’m more able to consider well what I should focus on at any given time. Glad you found them useful too, Jennifer.

  3. I love this list of questions and I love how you’ve broken it down into categories. What a great list to read through each day. Visiting from Grace and Truth.

    • Thanks for visiting, Jennifer. Sometimes we need tools to help set our minds straight on what’s really expected of us each day.

  4. Thank you for straightening out my priorities in 3 minutes! 😉 this is awesome! I’m going to have to write my own little list now. ?

  5. Thank you so much for these great questions & this great post! 🙂
    Printing it out so I can use the questions to help me set the right priorities each day…
    I really appreciate you sharing this – thank you! 🙂
    God bless,
    Lois

    • Thanks for you kind words, Lois. May we both be mindful of how we use the time God has given us with our families.

  6. Hello, Abi! I’m joining you from Grace and Truth today. 🙂 I appreciate the practical questions you gave us to ask ourselves in order to keep those priorities in line. Such a good idea! Thanks for sharing with us this week.
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

    • Thanks, Jen. I have to review those questions often! I appreciate you helping to host Grace & Truth. Have a blessed weekend.

  7. Love the questions! Printed them and put them in the notebook by my bed so I will look at them every morning.

  8. Hi Abi! I’m visiting from #GraceandTruth today. This is a good list of questions. It’s so easy to blow through the day doing the next thing without really thinking about what we’re doing. I’m with you in wanting to be purposeful and live according to my priorities, but it can be a challenge!

    • Glad you stopped by today, Betsy. Purposeful living sure is a challenge! So many things can distract us from what really matters. May we both be willing to submit our days and plans to God’s purposes.

  9. These are great questions, Abi! They are intentional and goal focused (which makes me a happy girl because that’s how my brain works)! I have found that when I am focusing on priorities, all areas of my life seem more fulfilling and I’m happier. Thank you for sharing at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I’m sharing on Facebook! 🙂

    • That’s how my brain works too. These questions help me keep people and relationships a priority over the “to-do” list. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Wow! That’s quite a list! lol. Great questions, but by the time I finished asking myself them, I’d be ready for the next day’s 😉

    Usually I decide if my day is good or bad based on how much I got checked off my to-do list. Not really the best method, but I know right away! lol

  11. Great list! This was perfect to read this morning and it will help to guide my day. Thank you!

    • Hope you find the questions helpful. Living according to established priorities is a continual pursuit. Have a great weekend.

  12. I have the same priorities, but it is hard to sometimes keep them in the order they should be in! I am doing better with my goals this year though. Now to get to bed on time . .. .

    • Yes, keeping them in order is a balance I have to work toward daily. Some seasons may cause one to have more prevalence than another, but its always good to have a standard for realigning. Getting to bed on time . . . that’s a work in progress too!

  13. Excellent questions to ask. This is definitely something I’m going to look at in my life. Thank you.

  14. confessions1rst says:

    Thank you! We make time for the things that matter to us. If we prioritize in this order then we will balance the things that really matter

  15. These are great questions to ask – and definitely something I need to be reminded of constantly through the day!

  16. Thank you for this. Life is so much easier when we put God first and see him for counsel. Love the questions you made me think a bit, which I’m not a fan of 🙂

  17. kmorris895 says:

    Abi, I LOVE his post! Very practical, and I love how you stress the importance of living by priorities.

  18. I love your list Abi. I will have to print it out. I am not as intentional as this, but I know I need to be. Thank you for the encouragement!

    • I don’t always remember to think through all the questions either, Erica. I’m working on getting better at considering what’s truly important. I should print the list to replace all my hand-scratched notes too.

  19. Beautiful post! Pinning this to our Tuesday Talk Features board! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    Katie
    http://www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

  20. This is such a great post…. thought provoking…. and I like how it does simplify deciding if I had a good day or not. 🙂 Thank you.

  21. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love these questions! Very thought provoking and insightful.

  22. What great questions to ask! So glad you linked this up at “Tuesday Talk” – It’s excellent!!

    Elizabeth
    allkindsofthingsblog.com

Your turn! I'd love to hear your thoughts or questions.