“Lord,” I prayed, “I need specific directions this morning so I can get my life on a schedule and stop feeling overwhelmed.”

The task of going through my personal possessions, an accumulation of eleven-years of living in one house, felt enormous, in my opinion.

The Lord seemed to impress me to work for short periods in three areas. I’ll share them in the hopes that you can do something similar if you want. Simply swap out areas or activities that please you.

First, I will set my timer for an hour and concentrate on writing. Perhaps a devotional, or redoing an older article, writing something new, or working on a book.

However, if writing isn’t your thing, do what you enjoy as sewing, art, cooking, gardening, etc.

When my hour is up, I will shift to sorting through papers, boxes, or organizing files. I need to ask myself, would my children, or a friend want this? If the answer is no, then I need to donate, or toss it. The same goes for my books.

Last, I will concentrate on some form of learning that will help keep my mind active. There are many choices, such as online courses, Bible Institutes, or learning to play a musical instrument, etc.

As I divide my life into these segments, I will have something to look forward to each day instead of brooding about my grief, or wasting my time in nonproductive ways.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 nails it down, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”