Written By: Trevor Martin
Think of a day recently when you wasted a lot of your time, or a day when you used your time quite well. What did that look like?
What do these verses tell us about our time?
- Psalm 39:4-5 and James 4:14
- Suggested Answer: Time is short
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
- Suggested Answer: We should keep an eternal perspective
- Ephesians 5:15-16 and James 1:17
- Suggested Answer: (Earthly) Time is a gift from God that should be used well. (Time management may not matter so much in heaven).
Note: As one of my disciplers once told me, “You have enough time to do what God is calling you to do.” Often with school work and all of our other priorities, we think that there is not enough time to get things done. But the truth is that if we use our time wisely, we will be able to accomplish what we need to do.
Practical Time Management Tips
- PLAN how you use your time in alignment with your goals, values & PRIORITIES
- SCHEDULE things, putting something in your calendar makes it 5-10 times more likely to happen (ex. Quiet time with God, homework, exercise, rest)
- Start to get going on tasks with a LEADING TASK. A leading task is a small step that gets you going. For example, make a title page to help get you going on a project or get off the chair or couch and stand up when it is time to exercise.
- Give yourself a REWARD when you complete a task (e.g. A break or snack)
- Saying YES to something is saying NO to something else and vice versa
- Be mindful of your PRIME TIME and others’ PRIME TIME, and schedule accordingly. Your prime time is when you are at your best productivity and have the most energy.
- Take BREAKS. This will help you to be more effective and healthy long term.
- What’s a biblical principle (from this guide or otherwise) that you want to be reminded of regularly to help you think well about time management?
- List between 5-10 priorities in your life. Then order these priorities from most important to least important (e.g. School, Walk with God, Recreation, Social Life, Work, Ministry, Church, Rest).
- Now analyze your priorities. Which priorities are taking too much of your time and which are not getting enough of your time? Why is that?
- What are a couple of your biggest time wasters? (games, TV, sleep, laziness, procrastination, Netflix, social media) What’s something you could do to combat that?
- Which of these time management tips do you think could most help you to achieve your current goals and stay on track with your priorities?