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Close The Door

Just yesterday, I spoke about having a plan and structure. I failed to say that following the plan is key to making it all work.

I didn’t follow the plan this morning. And I confessed it in an email to my July Writing Challenge Group. This is the email…

Good Morning Writers,

I had a late start this morning, and it was completely avoidable.

Instead of going to prayer and going to my word, I picked up the phone and went straight into Facebook. I started chatting and liking posts… Right after this, the phone rings and my cousin has an ’emergency’ but he really only wanted a ride. While I’m driving through Richmond, alerts on my phone were going non-stop.

And I had the revelation why. I literally forgot to begin my day with God. The moment I picked up the phone and chose social media over Him, I allowed access to distractions, irritation and turmoil.

Lord, close the door! I am beginning this day over. I want this day to fall in line with God;s will.

I share this because as writers, we must develop and stick to the routines. If we don’t stick to routines then we allow access to distractions.

As we finish up this challenge, identify where you can ‘close the door’ so that you can concentrate on writing and accomplish your plan for the day.

Happy Writing!
Ayoka “Author Serene” Boyce

I’m playing catch up, but the door has finally closed. I thank God for giving me the revelation of what I have been doing to block my own blessings.

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day with God first

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Task Masters ~ 5 Steps to Accomplish This Week’s Goals

Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.~ Proverbs 16:3

Happy Monday!

Take a moment and pretend it is Friday afternoon. Imagine that the work week is over and you are ready for the weekend. You feel awesome because everything that you accomplished everything that you wanted to do. Nothing was too hard for you. God gave you the strength and endurance to jump every hurdle and ignore every distraction. You feel empowered, you learned, and you grew in grace.

That sounds like a great Friday so let’s go ahead and jump into this week.

Five Steps to setting and fulfilling our goals for this week

1. Write out Friday’s Victory list today. This list will include everything you believe that you will accomplish this week. Keep the goals reasonable but don’t be afraid to have to push for them.

2. Write out your schedule for the week. Include your work, church, and family time. Highlight those times and activities. Fill in empty spaces to schedule your time to work on specific tasks.

3. Track your Successes. Check off each success. Check off each task that you fulfill. You are winning ‘victories’

4. Talk about it. Find an accountability group or coach. Who are you going to be accountable to? Who will celebrate with you? Who will give you a pick me up if you get discouraged?

5. Start right now. Don’t wait. Download this free goal setting list and start writing

Goal Accomplishment and Task Checklist

Of course, I recommend this while you are enjoying a cup of your favorite coffee. Power up your day. I am believing God for us to have successful week!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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‘In time’ but not ‘On time’

I examined my lifestyle I examined my lifestyle and set my feet in the direction of your decrees. I hurried and did not procrastinate to keep your commands. Psalm 119:59-60

As I prepared myself for work today, I noticed that I was about twenty minutes ahead of my normal schedule. My clothes were ironed, my eggs for breakfast were boiling. I thought to myself “this is going to be a great day, I will get to work early. No rushing today!” But instead of staying on pace, I started moving slower. Sure enough, I found myself leaving the house as usual, hoping there are no accidents or incidents, so that I would arrive to work in time.

And God showed me a lesson in this…

Since my younger days, I have trained my thoughts to do things ‘in time’. I can see the results of this in many areas of my life. Paying bills ‘in time’ before cut offs and repossessions. When in school, I would turn in assignments ‘in time’ before they would be marked as late or lose grade points. Even my arrival times at work and church are just ‘in time’, underneath the threshold of being late, but certainly not early. When did this become acceptable, do get things done just in time?
Does this make me unreliable, untrustworthy, or flaky? Can God trust me to move when he says move, or will I continue to mix my convenience with His deadlines? Is this why I have struggled with time management for so long?

It’s evaluation time. I am finding that I should evaluate my life at least once a week. In doing so, gaps are closing.

  • Stop winging things. Create a written structure for everything. It can be a to do list, form or a sheet.
  • Use the calendar. Utilize it to finish projects, pay bills, etc., before deadline dates. Deadlines are all about being ‘in time’
  •  Unless there is a true emergency, stop allowing people to infringe on scheduled time. And even then… It is okay to say no.

I am pressing toward making my mornings free from worrying about deadlines and getting things done in time! I keep saying that by the end of 2017, I will be a master of time-management. That stronghold of procrastination will be torn down.

This morning, I switched things up, I am sipping on tea. (Although I did have a sugar free energy drink) Enjoy your coffee and be on time to power up your day.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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I’ve got Plans

Entrust your work to the Lord, and your planning will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:3

Would you believe I have working on the blog all morning?  I really have, and it has been a great and productive morning!

Last night, God directed me to write down structure and plans. If you don’t already know, I have a lot on my plate, and there is more coming. I started with restructuring the book that I am currently writing. This morning, I began writing the structure of a project for church and last but not least, the structure for the blog.

Wouldn’t you know, once the structure was written and complete, almost immediately I needed to send via email. Now there are two guest bloggers about to come on board! As for the restructuring of the book, I was asked to share that at 7:30 this morning.

I am learning

This did not come out of the blue. For the last two weeks, my Pastor, Bishop Michael B Curtis Jr, has been directing the church towards structure. To quote him “Structure brings freedom.”

I have been battling with finishing this book. Today, the ideas and words are freely flowing.  This week, I struggled with getting the blogs out. Today, God gave me a better structure and sent help immediately.

Stepping it up

God let me know, it was time to step it up. Winging it, and waiting for ‘inspiration’ will no longer be enough. In order to be successful in this season, there must be order. Funny how so many things come back to time management for me. But I did say that by the end of this year, I would be a time management expert.

What are you planning for this three day weekend? Are you working on a business, book or project? Trust your work in God’s hands, let Him direct your plans to success.

I am two large cups of coffee into this day. (can you tell?) And I just may get a third. I am definetly going outside to enjoy a couple of hours of this beautiful Richmond VA weather today.

Enjoy your coffee and be sure to Power up your day.

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Control the Controllables

My mornings at work are organized. The first thing I do is pull up my to do list. It is full of reports that I must complete daily, weekly and monthly. As I go through my morning, I check off the list as I go, making sure that nothing is missing or broken. As much as possible, all reports are completed before my calendar fills up with meetings and my inbox is filled with emails.

There are reasons why I have to stay organized. I learned some time ago that management may need information from me at any given time. Sometimes I will receive requests for information on data from 6 months or even a year prior. There is little room for error.

But there was a time…

There was a time when I did not use the list. I relied on everything in my head. I thought, ‘I do the same thing daily, I should know this by now.’ I would spend five hours trying to complete the same items that I now complete in two hours. My thoughts were scattered, I was distracted by meetings and inboxes. I would leave my desk, come back and not remember where I left off work.

The best days at work now are when the boss sends me a request for information and I have it back to him within minutes.

I fought against structure

My dad was ‘a list’ person. Every morning and afternoon, there were to do lists on the table of chores and homework that I was expected to complete. I did not realize that back then, he was teaching me structure. I remember how I used to cringe to see those pieces of paper on the kitchen table!
Funny, the things that I tried for so many years to run away from, are the very things that I now crave to have in my life. Organization, time management and structure are all important components that I need in order for me to excel to next level ministry.

I used to believe that to do lists and structure were items to try to control my thoughts and actions. I thought that they took away from my freedom and creativity. I have learned that what structure takes away is random thoughts, wasted time, incomplete projects and feelings of frustration.

I have learned this, structure is part of the path to reaching purpose. Take control of the controllables. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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Change the Course

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6

We are 30 days into 2017. Can we calculate the cost of wasted time?

There is an accountability group that I am a part of.  We have a goal to push ourselves to write 3000 words a day.  Last week,  one member posted that they stayed faithful and the first draft was at nearly 75,000 words.  They wrote faithfully since January 1st.

I’ve only posted my numbers twice. 

I used to hear this all the time,  if you make one step,  God will make two. Well,  I can’t say that I’ve seen it written in the Bible that way.  What I have seen is that God will hold us accountable and that we are rewarded appropriately for our actions and our lack of action.

Changing the Course

As we start our Monday,  let’s decide on the course of our week. Bishop Michael Curtis challenged us yesterday to write out a structured plan for our week.

This week,  we will focus on the follow through. And I will even post my word count.

Don’t wake up worrying. Write your plan and work it.

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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Designating Purposed Time

There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Will you adapt to your purpose for today? On  most Saturdays, things happen and the day does not quite go as planned.

I’m determined that today will not be that day for me. I’ve been speaking about time management because that is something that must be mastered in my life.  I must master my time every day in order for me to achieve the purpose in my life.

This morning,  I remembered my purpose for today.  I have tasks that must be done today such as laundry, some housework, and other chores.  I also need to pre scheduled posts for social media,  emails, and to do meal prep.  In other words, anything that I can get complete today that will free up this week is what I need to complete.

The Bigger Picture

Okay, everyone has chores to do on Saturday’s but there is a bigger picture to this purpose. If my evenings next week are free,  I can do that one thing that keeps me breathing, writing.I have a book that needs to be completed so that it can be published before June.  I also have a large book event that I am a part of in NYC in August.  If this book isn’t finished, I will feel the consequences in June and August.

Yes, this one weekend week impact the success of the rest of my year.

Everyday we have a purpose.  

What is your purpose for today? Choose to use time for the value that it presents to you. Here are a few tips for planning purposeful weekend activities.

  • If sleeping in is a desire then plan for it. Set a time that you will get up and stick to it
  • Allow extra time for outside activities. It’s unlikely that you can pick up groceries in 30 minutes. Include the cushion so that your schedule doesn’t fall behind
  • Make a list of anything that can be pre-scheduled (meals, social media, blogs)
  • Designate specific time toward your pre-scheduling activities
  • Designate 15 minutes to move. Put on some music and dance! Get your blood flowing and your creativity moving. (This is so much fun to do!)
  • Designate your finish time. You have family and friends that would love to spend time with you. Enjoy the fellowship.

Designate your time today! Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of coffee

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