I have been doing a lot of thinking about “time management” lately! I know … Todd is thinking?!?!?! Pretty crazy concept, but something so important even for me! I am a pretty busy guy most of the time – the truth is I am always doing something. My schedule gets crowded with sermon prep, counseling, phone calls, meetings, planning and so much more. Over the last few days I started asking myself, “Am I wasting my time or utilizing it?”
Proverbs 14:23: “Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!”
I have never been a lazy person (I get that from my mother), but lately have been distracted and unfocused. Largely because I have allowed time killers into my schedule. We all have them. Mine may be different than yours, but if you don’t guard your time you will end up in spiritual, emotional, relational or even financial poverty.
- Poor planning – most of the time we waste is because we haven’t planned well. Have you ever ask your wife what she wanted for dinner only to find yourself in the car driving and not knowing where you are headed? Many times. That’s poor planning.
- Lack of personal goals and objectives – if you don’t know where you are headed and what you need to accomplish to get there you will NEVER – I repeat NEVER – be a good steward of your time.
- Distractions – anything can distract you.
- Saying YES to everything – we should only say YES to what helps us fulfill the calling and purpose that God has for our lives – anything else is a distraction from that.
- Doing the “good” things instead of the “God” things – Focus on what your full redemptive potential is – do what is going to help you achieve God’s divine design for your life.
- Laziness – I truly can’t stand lazy people – bad confession for a pastor – but I work hard because I love what I do. Laziness leads to wasting time.
- Technology – enough said, but responding to every tweet, facebook message, email and text message can kill your time. Focus and prioritize.
- Not setting a “to do” list – over the last 3 months I have not done “to do” lists and it has shown. Today I made a renewed commitment to start making my lists – prioritizing the things I need to accomplish and GET THEM DONE!
- People – okay this sounds cold, but there are people that take up all of our time with chatter – be careful to not let people have so much access to your life that they can control it. SIDE NOTE: Not all people should share your time equally.
I am making a commitment to re-prioritize my efforts and energy so that I can fulfill the dreams/hopes/plans God has designed for my life!!!