I'm continuing with my feedback on Do More Better by Tim Challies. You can read part 3 by clicking here. In this post I'll discuss chapter 3 titled "Define Your Responsibilities". I felt this chapter was particularly helpful. The author calls the reader to define your areas of responsibility in life by asking yourself these questions:
- What is it that the Lord has entrusted to you?
- What has He made you responsible for?
- If the master gave talents to his servants and demanded an accounting (Matthew 25:19-26), what has God given to you, and where will he demand an accounting?
He encourages the reader to "have every one of life's responsibilities encompassed by a category, yet with as few categories as possible'". He recommends limiting the categories to five or six (with no more than nine).
He gave this example of how he structured his own categories:
I divided my categories this way:
- Household Management
The author then asks the reader to "bring greater definition" to each area of responsibility by listing the roles, tasks, or projects that fall under each with the encouragement to write down all that comes to mind but not to be concerned if you miss some because you can add to the list later on. Here are some examples I came up with:
- Spiritual Health
- Personal Fitness
- Meal Planning
- Grocery Shopping
- Calendar Keeping
- Care Giving
- Daughter (Care Giver)
- Aunt (Cookie Baking Nights)
- MCN Employee
- Training Coordinator
- Transcription Coordinator
- Church family member/friend/mentor
- Counting Assistant
- Women's Ministry Assistant Leader.
- Nursery Worker
- Church Cleaner
I found this exercise very helpful to have my responsibilities and roles defined in black and white rather than continually guessing in my mind what I have to do and always feeling like I'm missing something. Tim Challies did a great job of giving examples from his own life and even providing a productivity worksheet on his website Do More Better. If you're interested in doing this for yourself, I highly recommend reading chapters 1-3 in this book and working through the process systematically. It's definitely worth the effort.