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In my room I have a whiteboard on the wall. On it I jot down my ongoing tasks and projects, sometimes giving them priority. When I'm sure I have completed something, I erase it from the board. It's simple, and it serves two purposes. One is that it's a reminder; another, that it presents an overview.

I also make use of a pocket calendar with enough space to write down tasks and appointments. Whenever I'm handed a task, the first thing I do is write it into the calendar so I won't forget later.

Take wise precautions

It isn't a bad idea to have a safety net to fall back on if something unexpected should happen. We cannot prepare for everything, since we cannot foresee everything. However, we can pray for guidance and answers for what we should be aware of. We can apply wisdom and use common sense in our daily lives. Some examples:

• If you have a memory stick with important information—make sure you have a recent backup somewhere. Many sticks are forgotten in computers, mislaid or accidentally pulled out while performing, resulting in data blockage. It can be a nuisance to have something lost and have to start all over again—if that even is possible.

• Have money reserved for "unexpected expenses." Something sooner or later is bound to come up. When it happens, you won't need to take out an expensive loan that can get you into more trouble.

Vertical thinking

• "Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established" (Proverbs 16:3 Proverbs 16:3Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.
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). This implies praying to God. After all, you cannot accomplish much by yourself; but God can help you, if you ask Him.

• "A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps" (Proverbs 16:9 Proverbs 16:9A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.
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). Accept that God may lead you down a different path than what you initially planned.

• The law of God is "…a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
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). His law describes how to avoid the pitfalls in life. It's God's recipe for happiness and success. In fact, if your plans are not in total agreement with God's law, it's a sure sign that you ought to change them. In that way you'll be truly successful, and God can establish your thoughts.

Plan for a living

A thing that separates Christians from others is that they recognize the true Provider—God Himself. You can read about it in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25-34 Matthew 6:25-34 [25] Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? [26] Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? [27] Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? [28] And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: [29] And yet I say to you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [30] Why, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? [31] Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? [32] (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. [33] But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. [34] Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.
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). One of the messages is not to worry about one's life, clothing or food—basically everything God knows we need. However, that does not mean we shouldn't plan or that it won't take any effort on our part. Remember, "the lazy man will not plow because of winter; he will beg during harvest and have nothing" (Proverbs 20:4 Proverbs 20:4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
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The apostle Paul had worked as a tent maker while proclaiming the gospel, and Christ Himself was a carpenter. They planned ahead, as all craftsmen do; also their preaching and traveling required planning. In fact, all projects require some element of planning.

What's your plan?

Some plans are more decisive than others, and they require more than the odd minute of thought. One such plan is how to make your living. For some invaluable advice from the Vertical Thought archives about how to plan for your livelihood, be sure to read Planning Your Career. VT