Biblical Time Management: Practical Time Management

Ecclesiastes 3 NKJV
1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time [a]to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
These scriptures talk about a time for everything meaning, you and I must have plan to ensure that things get done at the time they need to get done.
Think back to the time you were in primary or high school. Remember how many subjects you had to study? They were many and to imagine we were able to study all of them and complete the syllabus in the set time, in some cases even earlier is something worth remembering because we can learn some good life lessons from there.
There was a timetable, one that ensured that all the subjects were given ample time. There was a reason why we never had double PE (Physical Education). The fact that the teachers took the time to plan and come up with a schedule to ensure that the purpose of going to school was met is something worth noting.
For us to be able to practically manage our time well, we must have a vision and a plan. The bible tells us that without a vision people perish, and also it encourages us to commit our plans to the Lord.
Many people have not learned to schedule their time in the same manner as many have not learned to budget their money. You just allocate your time as the needs arise without considering what is urgent what is important or what is a time-waster.
We are all given 24 hours in a day, when you and I wake up every morning we must ask ourselves what are the non-negotiable things I must do today based on my purpose and values? Those are the things we allocate time to first and another important thing is to allocate them time when you are most productive and most energetic.
In my interaction with believers, I have discovered many who plan to pray and read their Bible in the evening struggle or fail to do so because they have spent most of their energy throughout the day and all they are looking to do in the evening is to rest.
Once you create your plan, then you need to guard it jealously because time wasted is time you can never recover. Involve God in your plans and schedules, allow him to lead and guide you.
Oh and One more thing, look at your daily schedule/ rhythm and find things that are time wasters. Ask yourself if there is a better way to do things to be more time-efficient. A friend of mine once told me he stopped using his car to work because he realized it is a time-waster. Sounds odd right? He started using public means which meant he had to leave home about 45 minutes earlier than when using his car. Public transport at that time is cheaper and while en route to work he could read or listen to an audiobook. He got to the office an hour before anyone else showed up and in that one hour, he would have enough time to plan his work and also read and grow. All that because he made a decision not to drive to work.
Reflections.
What are those things that are non-negotiable, things that you must do every day?
“Show me your daily plan and I will tell you who you are becoming” do you have a daily plan? If not create one today!
What are some adjustments you can make to your daily schedule to free up some time or get rid of activities that eat up on your time?
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