She Maintains: Time Management Tips

Time Management Tips:

  • Put Christ FIRST. In this area (and in every area in life) God wants to be part of your daily tasks, whether mundane or vigorous. Setting the right tone to your day is essential to being an effective and productive daughter of God. Offering Him your ‘first fruits’ and acknowledging His supreme power to rule over all the earth, and over your day….
    • Whether you do your quiet time in the morning or evening or at noon, communing with God over your schedule for the day BEFORE you start the ‘doing’ will release you from the pressures and demands the enemy places on these things.
      • Pray, pray, pray for everything and anything!
    • “….Therefore do not worry, saying ‘what shall we eat? Or What shall we drink? Or what shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33
  • Use a Calendar: Time is finite. When it is gone well, it’s gone. Having a ‘one stop shop’ where all your tasks are outlined, will help you determine ways to consolidate, eliminate or delegate. (more below).
    • Find a planner or online calendar tool that works best for you.
    • Take time writing down all your commitments and time obligations, deadlines, tasks etc.. Be sure to note the personal as well as professional and spiritual commitments as well.
    • Keep this handy! Store in your purse or pocket, to add or remove tasks as things change.
    • Keep with it! Give attention to your planner daily, to make sure you aren’t missing any deadlines etc…
  • Jot it down! Often we can be weighted down mentally with all the things going on in life, and depending on our memory to remind us of these things that pop up, only creates more mental weight and baggage – Often resulting in a feeling of defeat before you can even accomplish tasks!
    • When that grocery list pops in your mind, or a chore or a job to take care of- whatever if may be- jot it down!
    • You may use an app, post-it notes, or a notepad. Whatever works best for you. Find one and use it.
    • Have all your notes in one place! Keeping somewhat of an order/organization will help reduce the pressures and give you a clear idea of what tasks you have at hand.
  • Evaluate
    • Review where your time is being allocated.
    • Carefully assess if there are any hidden ‘idols’ in your life that are consuming your time and attention! (See under Eliminate).
    • See if you are spread too thin, and producing more quantity and not really quality.
    • Perhaps you have a lot of ‘idle time’ that the Lord would want you to serve in.
  • Consolidate
    • As you have ALL your tasks written out, you are able to observe whether there are similar tasks or errands that need to be taken care of, then consolidate!
      • By consolidating your tasks, you may reduce extra trips to the grocery store or other errands, which will save time (and money!).
      • If tasks are similar, for example needing to wash you car and plant in the garden that week- these would be similar in the sense that they require you being outdoors, and will need a shower after completing the tasks, so allocating time to do those together will save you some time.
  • Eliminate
    • Distractions: Because binge watching the latest season of ‘Once Upon A Time’, numbs your mind and consumes valuable time to do things more productive and God glorifying.
    • Time Wasters: While social media has its advantages, it is the leading cause to inattentiveness and reduced productivity these days.
      • Consider fasting from social media outlets occasionally to put your time in perspective for you.
    • Idols: Your time belongs to God, He has a plan for you and if there is anything that is competing with the place of God in your life, it has to go – at any cost.
      • “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14
  • Don’t wait last minute to start a project!
    • It’s said that ‘knowledge is power’ with the knowledge of your schedule and demands on your life, you have the power to progressively work on tasks or projects early to achieve the desired deadline.
      • Procrastinating only creates more stress and strain on your body, and often causes you to stay up much later than desires and wake up much earlier than you can afford. PREPLAN and start eating away at your BIG projects piece by piece until it is completed!
        • For example, you may be one that doesn’t enjoy cleaning, so you procrastinate until your family comes to visit and now you’re stuck with the daunting task of cleaning the house worthy of your in-laws inspection. Instead of binge cleaning for a full 24 hours before they arrive, consider tackling one room at a time or one closet at a time well in advance, and soon you’ll have only a small list cleaning to take care of before they grace you with their presence.
          • When cleaning or organizing what you may define as a ‘war-zone’ or ‘disaster’ work away with one box at a time, one item at a time- keep at it and be patient, you’ll accomplish more before you know it!
  • Share or Delegate
    • Tasks that can be shared with someone else to lighten the load is Biblical!
      • “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  • Learn to Say ‘NO’. Committing yourself to things for others is a great thing, however being unable to fulfill those tasks because of improper time management can place an unnecessary tension between you and your friend! Rather, “let your yes be yes and your no be no” James 5:12.
      • Perhaps your friends or co-workers like to delegate things for you to do? Practice kindly declining! You want to be able to balance what you can and cannot do for others, and sometimes saying ‘no’ allows you to be honest with others about your effort to manage your time wisely.
      • If looking at your calendar, you see way to many to-do’s for other people and you are having trouble completing your own tasks, you may need to evaluate if you are spread too thin!
  • Prep for your day before you go to bed.
    • Waiting to take care of things around the house in the morning can be unrealistic! Being proactive often pays off in the long run and offers you the peace of mind that you are set up for success the next day.
      • Keep an empty sink.
      • Setting up your coffee to brew.
      • Pulling your outfit for work.
      • Prep your breakfast or lunch.
      • Pack your backpack or diaper bag.
  • ‘Do the next thing.’
    • Elizabeth Elliot had this posted on her refrigerator door with Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint and I know that I will not be ashamed.”
      • Prophetic of Christ, our example, we too are to set our faces upon Him and as we go through this life with the waves of trials and joys, highs and lows, on those days you don’t want to get out of bed with grief, do like Christ- Do the next thing.
        • Whether the next thing is to use the bathroom, wash the laundry or do the dishes… do the next thing, but keep your eyes (set like a flint) on God Almighty and He will bestow strength enough for the day.
  • Regularly list your life priorities.
    • This helps you center yourself on the things that are important to you in life, and offers a healthy balance and outlook on where your time and commitments should be spent.
      • “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21
  • Take time to rest.
    • For some, all you do is rest, for others this is foreign!
      • The Lord has been clear throughout the scriptures that He offers rest and we are to receive that rest from Him- He calls it the Sabbath.
        • “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

 

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