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Jan 26, 2021

You can find show notes for this episode at Episode 162

Is Your To-Do List Never Ending?

What is on your list of competing demands? Maybe they don’t feel like demands. Maybe the things that keep you busy also energize you, empower you, and even fulfill your purpose.

Whether you call them demands, invitations, tasks, or routines, there’s A LOT going on around you. You have people and circumstances in your life that want your attention. 

There’s the nudge from a friend to stay on the call a little longer. And the pile of laundry that hasn’t folded itself in three days. You might have grocery shopping that needs to be done. And then, there are the meals that need to be prepared. Not to mention, who is going to clean up after the meal is prepared? I haven’t mentioned children, pets, or even work outside the home. Dare I bring up the challenges of a work-from-home-educate-from-home-do-all things-from-home life?

No, this isn’t intended to raise your stress level. 

So, please, take a long, deep breath. 

Really. Do it. 


Staying Focused on Your Purpose

You have a list like what is described above.

It may or may not be a written list. As you’ll hear from our guest this week, Jayk Hinze, Youth Pastor at Church of the Saviour UMC in Cincinnati, Ohio, some of us make a list. Others make lists and add the things we’ve already completed to the list. That’s the beauty of one of Jayk’s top 5 talents, Achiever. 

It’s also the focus of our conversation today: How do you stay focused on your purpose in the midst of competing demands? How do you get things done while remembering you’re a human being, not a human doing?

Celebrating the People Who Support Us

As you listen, you’ll notice Jayk return to one important element of staying focused on his purpose. It’s not a planner or a to-do list app. It’s also not time management or motivation. While each one of those things has its place in productivity, Jayk reminds us of the importance of supportive people in staying focused on your purpose.

Explore the importance of people in your life who stand with you, guide you, nudge you, and partner with you to stay focused on your purpose. Consider for just a moment who they are and whether or not you take them for granted. If you haven’t thanked the people in your life who help you keep your “true north” this is a great day to do so.

As we explore Jayk’s CliftonStrengths and how his unique combination of talents guide him, you’re encouraged to consider how your top 5 talent themes help you stay focused in the midst of competing demands.

While your top 5 strengths will be different, you can explore all 34 talent themes here.

Questions for Reflection/Action

  • Who are the people around you that help you stay focused on your purpose?  
    • What do they say, do or not do to help you stay focused? Maybe this week, you'll reach out to one of those individuals and thank them for being a part of your life. Thank them for being on this journey with you. Thank them for reminding you, who you were created to be. 
  • Who do you help stay focused on their purpose? 
    • What do they need from you to stay focused on their purpose? Reach out this week to the people you support and ask them: How can I support you in staying focused on your purpose? Then, be quiet and listen. 

Jayk’s top 5 CliftonStrengths


People exceptionally talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.


People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.


People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.


People exceptionally talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.


People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.

Mentioned in Episode 162

Pandora - explosions in the sky

Bob Ross - NOT Jayk Hinze