“The Lord said to him, ‘Go back the way you came,
and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get
there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint
Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha
son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed
you as prophet’” - 1 Kings 19:15-16.
In a sense, the Lord created a to-do list for Elijah, giving him the things he needed to do along with the order in which they needed to be done. Leaders also need this kind of list to help them focus, otherwise it is like someone throwing more than one ball at a time to someone. The person catching doesn't know which one is the priority to catch, so they all fall to ground. Since there are so many demands on leaders' time, it is essential they prioritize and plan their time.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Today you will actually write out a to-do list. Sit down and in five minutes list all the things would like or need to do. Once you have that, go back and order that list according to priority - what you want to do first make 1, second mark 2, etc. Then do your best to follow the order you have set. Do the same for tomorrow, carrying over any undone things from today to tomorrow's list. If you are interrupted, just refer back to your list to get refocused.