1. Develop and Maintain a Relationship with God.
God alone is sovereign. He knows your beginning from the end, and it is in Him that we "live, move, and have our being." Having a relationship with God means to stay in constant contact with Him throughout the day, from the moment you open your eyes to the time you close them at the end of the day. Thank God for His presence and guidance. God with you is more than the world against you.
2.Identify your Priorities
You have to know who and what is important in your life. You will be faced with constant decisions where you must select one person/activity and decline another. Having your priorities in order helps in determining whether you can attend a particular function, or divert those funds to another more noble cause, or even work on a project to meet an important deadline. At the same time, when your priorities are in place, saying "NO" becomes less problematic.
3. Stop Procrastinating
Learn how to break down big projects into small manageable parts, and devote a particular time of the day to working on each part. A simple action like responding to voice mail or an email can become problematic if not addressed immediately. Stop putting off for tomorrow, something that can be done today, because by the end of the week, you will have too many incomplete activities (You just lost a great friendship because you were often too busy to return a call, OUCH)!
4. Reward Yourself with "Me Time"
At the end of every day, find something to reward yourself. This does not have to be a monetary gesture. Just engage in an activity that is healing to your soul, something that helps you to unwind. For me, it is reading a chapter from my current reading, or writing. In the spring and summer, it is working in my flower garden. It is my "Do Not Disturb, I am Living (not merely existing) Time."
5. Eat Healthy
Busy professional tend to grab a bite of what ever is available, and some do not even find the time to eat. I remember when I would have my lunch at the computer, so that I could work while eating. You must be intentional in having a wholesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I use my weekends to prepare healthy dinners for the week, and get up thirty-minutes earlier in the morning to make breakfast and lunch.
TO BE CONTINUED