Luke 10: 38 -42
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
While Jesus was on earth, one of His major assignment/work was to go from city to city preaching the gospel. On one occasion, He was a guest at Martha's house. In her attempt to be a good host, she was so busy that her work/service became a burden to her. Soon she was offended that her sister, Mary, had left all the work for her. She could not understand why Mary was unhelpful. She thought to herself, if the Master were to ask her to help out, she would feel obliged to do so. But rather than get the response she anticipated, she was shocked to hear Jesus commending Mary. Mary knew a truth that Martha did not. May knew the importance of priority.
At our workplace, just like Martha, we find ourselves surrounded by many tasks and things that require our attention. Most times, these tasks are quite important in themselves and of necessity must be done. However, we must understand that at any given time, only one thing is needful.
We are not programmed to perform many tasks at the same time. There is a limit to what we can do simultaneously. Though multitasking may be necessary in some cases, most times what is required is prioritizing. Multitasking, sometimes, may affect the quality of the job. Never forget that to produce the best we must be focused and meticulous.
One way to decide the priority of a task is by its urgency, associated deadline or the number of tasks depending on its completion. We must be flexible to put on hold ongoing projects of lesser priority to take on new projects of higher priority or to put on hold new projects of lower priority to finish projects of higher priority.
To prioritize also means that we must know when to say ‘No’ to other opportunities and jobs so we can focus on what is necessary. For example, committing to so many projects without giving our best to any, rather than just focusing on one, is not versatility. It only makes one look undependable.
Prioritise and let people know your priorities!!
Matthew 6: 24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord] (AMP)
Proverbs 24: 27 [Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home (AMPC)