Lesson 1, Topic 1
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2.1.2 Multitasking Required

In today’s age, it is not only necessary to learn to prioritize, but also to know how to multitask. Each person has different roles, spheres of influence, obligations and is in a certain phase of life. Most things cannot simply be eliminated from the agenda, so one must learn how to invest in different areas at the same time while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The goal is to get into your own healthy rhythm instead of being controlled by a rushed everyday life. Of course, this is only possible depending on a person’s capacity in relation to their level of responsibility. To be able to assess this, a clear understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses as well as one’s calling should exist, as described above. 


Priorities can be evaluated according to Maxwell’s “Three R’s” (Leadership: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell):

  1. What are the requirements?
    1. Towards my employer, study management, family, God…
    2. Anything that does not directly fall within my responsibility will be removed or delegated.
  2. What is the best return?
    1. Concentrate on your own strengths. 
    2. Whatever can be done 80% as well or even better by someone else should be delegated.
  3. What is the biggest reward?
    1. Focus on vision, key objectives and best practices.
    2. We reap the biggest harvest when we are passionate about one thing.

Setting priorities is something that needs to be continually reassessed and improved as it remains a regular and continuous process. However, meeting the goal of setting and evaluating priorities on a regular basis should have a high priority. “In order to say yes to your priorities you have to be willing to say no to something else.” 

Every human being goes through different phases of life, which create new possibilities, but also new boundaries or limitations. These phases of life should be valued, and fully embraced and lived. God has a greater plan than we may see, and he prepares us by his own methods for the next phase. It is God’s biggest aim that we mold our lives with his help to look more like his, and mature inwardly – not just achieve goals. But if God would give us the whole plan for our lives at once, we would probably start to follow the plan instead of following him. If God did not place challenges, desert seasons or trials in our way, we would probably begin to believe that we can manage things by ourselves. But, as Paul writes, “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. (2 Cor 3:5).