Need More Time?
Most of us wish we had more time. Time is non-renewable resource. Once it is gone, that's it. You can get more food, more money, more friends, but you can't get more time. Your time is your life.
Here are a few principles that help me manage my time better.
- "Invest you best in what matters most." I give my best energy (in the mornings for me), to my top priorities. This usually includes spiritual practices, message preparation, and developing leaders.
- "Schedule your values." The level of our frustration is often caused by the gap between our values and our actual behavior. I value family, personal growth, making disciples, and stewardship. These are my top values. If i don't schedule them I don't live them. If I don't live them, I feel frustrated and empty.
- "Invest your worst energy to your least important tasks." I batch busy work like texts, emails, and phone calls at the end of the day. I am pretty low energy around four o'clock and so I do most of my communication then.
- "Focus on what matters now." I have wicked ADD. I can get distracted by a fly. I have to work very hard at shutting off my phone and other distractions to be present. When I focus I get a lot more done. Wherever I am, I want to be all there.
- "Make up deadlines." I race against the clock all day. I schedule out what I will do and when and then try my best to stick to those deadlines. Parkinson's law states that work expands to the amount of time given to accomplish it. I set deadlines so I do not spend more time than I need to on various projects and meetings.
- "Say yes to the best and no to the rest." The biggest problem most people face is not a lack of commitment, but over commitment. I try and say no to most things so I can devote myself to the best things - my mission and core values.
- "Delegate everything someone else can do." I am not good at much. What I am good at, is what I need to do. Everything else I need to delegate.
Time is one of the greatest resources God give us. What are you spending your time on?