I have been experiencing a level of distraction that I have never encountered before. As a result, I had not been productive and found myself spending large amounts of my time and day on things that were not moving me in the direction of my purpose or the vision God had shown me for my life.
During my quiet time and prayer and crying to the Lord for help, I believe He has answered me. These are some things that Holy Spirit instructed me to do to overcome my distraction. I believe that it will help anyone else who has been or is currently facing this problem. I am sure there are other things that can be done, but this is what He spoke into my spirit:
1. Pray. Ask God to help you see His vision for your life and ministry clearly.
2. Write the vision of what God has called you to do. Review it early in the morning and before going to bed at night, and even periodically throughout the day. Where the will of God is known, the acceleration will take place.
3. Set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals based upon the vision, purpose, will, and mission/assignment God has given specifically to YOU.
4. Find an accountability partner who will hold you accountable to what you say you are going to do. In order for this person to be able to do this, you have to share with that person what you are doing. Be sure the person you choose to be accountable to is someone you can trust and is someone who is also working toward her God-given goals and is accountable to someone as well. If that person is struggling herself and is not accountable to anyone, you do not need to partner with that person; it will only be a stumbling block for you.
5. Eliminate daily routines that have nothing to do with your purpose or mission or assignment.
6. Write down the 3 top things that you need to get done today that is connected to your vision, purpose, etc.
7. Allocate a specific day and time for working on those 3 top tasks that you need to get done.
8. Focus. Do not do anything else until you have completed the first task before moving on to the next task. Whatever you do not complete on that day simply add it to the next day’s list. Be sure it the first task to work on for the following day.
9. Eliminate ALL distractions. The telephone, television, radio, food, unexpected visitors, etc. Whatever you know that easily distracts you, make plans in advance to eliminate them before you even begin to work on your top 3 priority goals or tasks for that given day.
10. Give thanksgiving and praise to God for every thing that you were able to accomplish, even if you were unable to finish it! You remained focused, determined, and concentrated fully on the tasks set before you. It is important to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small.
When you do these things the enemy will not be able to distract you so easily. If he can break your focus, he will distract you from what you need to do.