Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Look carefully then how you walk. Making the very most of the TIME [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
One of the most valuable gifts that God has given us is time. One reason why is because time is directly equated to your life. That’s why every second of your day is a precious and should be cherished. When you are unwilling to protect and cherish it, you actually sabotage one of the master keys to successful living.
Make the most of your time.
The above scripture indicates that we make the most of our time not just by being productive, but by seizing opportunities. Now we all know you can’t take advantage of every opportunity under the sun, nor should you try. However, the opportunities that God gives you to improve your relationships, health, and earning potential through personal and spiritual growth are all captured by the investment of time.
I’ve never met a successful person who was not conscious of time, on the same token, I have never met an unsuccessful person who was. As a Christian you are called to be a good steward. One area of stewardship you should be aware is over your time. You must be conscious of your time, because you only get 24 hours in a day. However, 24 hours is all you need.
I have seen people stand in line for hours to get a lottery ticket, yet those same people won’t sit in class to gain the wisdom needed to create their own wealth. If you are not conscious of your time you will find the time to chase after pipe dreams, but you will declare you don’t have the time to pursue purpose driven dreams.
Time is the currency of the earth.
Like the dollar is the currency of the United States, time is the currency of the earth. You have traded time for whatever you currently have. Chance are, what you don’t have you were unwilling to trade time for. For example, a person may want to lose weight, but they may say they don’t have time to go to the gym. However, the same person will spend an hour or two watching their favorite tv shows that night. What they are really saying is they are more willing to invest their time in entertainment than they are in having a healthier body.
Time can’t be saved, it can only invested.
There is no such thing as a time bank where you can put a few hours away and use them later. Time can only be invested in the now with an expected end. When you see a man with a muscular physique, you know he invested a lot of time lifting weights. When you greet a person with a PhD, you know she invested a lot of time in school. Likewise a person who invests excessive time relaxation is probably out of shape, and possibly overweight.
Take Time to Invest In Your Time
Invest your time in improving your time. It will take some effort, but with implementing just a few small steps, you will find it pays great dividends. Here are a few suggestions you can try implementing now:
Make a TO DO list. Each morning I get up and write down 5 or 6 things that I want to accomplish that day. It helps me plan and prioritize my day. If you don’t start your day with a plan to manage your time, chances are someone else will manage it for you!
Focus on one thing at a time. Stop multi-tasking. Experts say that when you switch gears between tasks it takes about 15 minutes to get focused on that task. Often extreme multi-taskers even suffer from inattentiveness and lack of concentration. This leads to increased mistakes of which correcting them causes wasted time and reduced efficiency.
Turn off your email notification. Often the emails we get on our smart phones come at a time we can do nothing about it. When we hear the notification and can’t attend to it right away, it takes away energy and concentration that is needed for the task at hand. Set aside time to check your email when you can respond to them.
Don’t get sucked into the social media wormhole. It’s amazing how 5 minutes on Facebook turn into 30, or reading a couple of tweets turns into a couple of dozen. The best way to deal with the social media wormhole is to be realistic. It’s probably going to take more time than you anticipate so don’t engage until you have accomplished your higher priority tasks. If using social media is not directly connected to your job, then use it as a reward for completing higher priority task.
Time Box. Time boxing is a time management technique used to stay focused and maximize the productivity of free or less time. There are many different variations of it, but the way I use it is I set a certain amount of time for doing a task and I set a reward at the end of that task. My focus isn’t finishing the task, but to do as much as I can for the time allotted. When I do this, I find I break inertia and create a focus that minimizes internal distractions. It is also a great way to overcome procrastination.
I know this post was a little longer (and harsher) than the normal, but trust me I am the first student of my own teachings.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer In Christ!