Have you ever said, “I don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done”? I admit that I said those very words today. So how do we plan our schedules in such a way that we are able to manage our time wisely?
- Begin by going to the Father in prayer, asking Him to show you how He wants you to spend your time.
- Make a calendar for the week. (I like to do this on Sundays.)
- Begin by putting in your non-negotiables first. These are those mandatory things over which you have no choice. Examples would be work, class, sleep, eating, hygiene, driving kids to school, mandatory meetings. Put these things in your schedule first, because they’re not optional. Make your time with the Lord a non-negotiable.
- List all the things that you need to do for the week. Examples would be phone calls to make, people you need to meet with, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, etc.
- Prioritize. What is most important? What is top priority? Put your priorities in your calendar according to the way you’ve ordered them.
- When your schedule is full, STOP!
- Learn to say no. If you have more things to put on the calendar, and no more time, then you have to say no to something. Think through your purpose. What helps you accomplish God’s purpose for you?
- Delegate when you can. What can someone else do that is not necessary for you to do?
- Beware of time killers. Some examples are telephone calls, emails, internet, Facebook, TV, computer games. Those things in and of themselves are not wrong, but they can get out of control time-wise very quickly.
- Trust God’s sovereignty with interruptions and surprises.
You can download worksheets from my Resources page to help you manage your time wisely.
What have you seen to be a time-killer in either your life or the life of someone you know? How have you dealt with time-killers? I’d love to hear from you.