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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 29

February 10, 2010

Maximize Each Day


Scripture to Memorize:


She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindles with her fingers.
Proverbs 31:18-19

Passage to Read: James 4:13-14 Today’s passage deals with planning for tomorrow. This line sticks out to me (especially after the last two weeks) “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” To often I’m guilty of saying tomorrow I’ll do ___________, this verse reminds me that I have no way of knowing what will happen tomorrow. Perhaps since I have no way of knowing what tomorrow will bring I should do today what I can and not put it off until tomorrow.

Guided Prayer:

Thank God for the gift of today, ask for his help to make the most of it. Confess about times past when you made great boasts and predictions about great things you were going to do tomorrow. Remember great intentions for tomorrow mean nothing, what counts is our obedience today. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find balance between planning for the future (which is wise) and giving place to grand illusions (which is foolish). Rest in the fact, that God has said in his Word that he wants to give us the desires of our hearts and he knows those desires.

Personal Observations:

In Proverbs 31 we learn that the woman of noble character saw to it that her trading was profitable. She knew she had a good return on her investment of time and money.

For our purposes we will use our Personal Notebook as our distaff and spindle. (Distaff – A staff that holds on its cleft end the unspun flax, wool, or tow from which thread is drawn in spinning by hand. Spindle – A rod or pin, tapered at one end and usually weighted at the other, on which fibers are spun by hand into thread and then wound.)

Turn to the PERSONAL section of your notebook and write EVERY DAY on the top of a blank sheet of paper. Now divide the paper into six sections labeled:

  • SPIRITUAL
  • PHYSICAL
  • RELATIONAL
  • PERSONAL
  • MINISTRY
  • FINANCIAL


Review your Personal Vision Statement. What do you need to do each day, in each category, to fulfill your vision statement? Note this for each category. Now each evening take the time to note what you need to do for the day (in your To Do section of your Daily Section) so you can check them off when you complete them.

In addition to these six items you need to add 10 things you need to do to your To Do List. Any items that you don’t get done that day get moved to the next day’s list. So, your To Do List will always consist of a minimum of 16 items (your six vision statement items plus your current day’s To Do’s). If it was me I’d try to limit it to only the 16 items — that way you’ll feel more productive when you see the completed list.

Practical Application:

Begin using your DAILY PAGE (or To Do List as I prefer to call it) to manage your life more effectively.
Notebook: You should have a month-at-a-glance calendar in your Personal Notebook — record birthdays, events, appointments and such on the calendar. You can get a copy of Donna’s Daily Page at: www.donnapartow.com/dailypage. ; Print off 30 copies, put 10 in the front of your notebook and the remainder in the back or in a file folder where you keep extra forms. Add “Complete daily page” to your EVENING ROUTINE list.

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