Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Some Thoughts about Time Management"

Ephesians 5.15-16

“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.” Amplified Bible

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” King James Version

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” New American Standard Bible

1. Develop a Personal Mission Statement

Imagine your life as something of value. You have value and were created for a reason. What is your reason for living, your calling, mission, theme, vision, or purpose. You have a purpose. Write it down and think of it often. Ask probing questions like: Is this activity in which I am currently engaged helping to fulfill my life’s mission? Does this specific use of my time distract from or enhance my calling or purpose?

2. Do the Hardest Thing First

Brian Tracy’s little book, Eat That Frog!, changed my life. The thesis is simple: If you have to eat a frog it will likely be the most disgusting thing you do all day, so… do it first! The rest of your day is guaranteed to go well. If you have two frogs to eat, eat the ugliest one first! Remember too, “Making the most of your time” is not necessarily simple or stress-free. Face the stress and do the hardest thing first. 

 3. Don’t Do What You Don’t Have To Do

Good is the enemy of best. Don’t think you are productive because your day is busy and filled with good activities. As good as they are, the things you are doing may not qualify as highest and best. Think about it… Are you engaged in important activities which are not central to your mission? Can these tasks be done by others at a cost less than the price of your time. If so, learn to let go and trust qualified people to perform tasks you might rather do yourself. It’s called teamwork. 

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