Wise Time Management 2.0
I wanted to continue what we began last week. This will be wise time management 2.0. Let me begin with a review of a few relevant passages:
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12, NIV).
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise making the most of your time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15, 16, NASB).
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed (Psalm 20:4, NIV).
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures (Proverbs 24:3, 4, NIV).
But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands (Isaiah 32:8, NIV).
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? (Luke 14:28, NIV).
Here are a few principles that I have found extraordinarily helpful as I seek to practice “self-leadership” and wise time management.
- Know what your life mission is. Everything we do in life – or plan on doing in life should be an expression of our sense of call or mission. To live pro-actively we must know where we are headed and why. If not, we are cursed with living reactively to the plethora of options and distractions that come our way. People who live this way may be busy and even overwhelmed, but they seldom accomplish the goals the deeply aspire to.
- Know what your major life roles are. These are the diverse “hats” we wear. Stephen Covey explores this in a very helpful manner. We all shoulder more than one role in life. We are disciples of Christ; we may be a husband or a wife; we may be a parent; we may have an official ministry role; we may have a marketplace or employment role; we will have a role as a citizen. What other roles or “hats” do we wear?
- What are my goals? Once I understand my mission and my major roles in life, I must ask myself: What goals do I want to see realized in each of these?
- Set aside a regular time each week to plan for the upcoming week. Review your mission, major roles, and life goals and then establish some goals for this week.
- List activities that you should be engaged in based on your goals and on routine expectations and responsibilities. Prioritize these activities. You may either list these in order of priority or you may assign a value to each activity such as A for high priority, B for moderate priority, and C for low priority. List making works!
- Schedule your time according to your priorities. Place these activities directly into your calendar.
- Follow the plan. Now that you have “planned your work”, “work your plan”.
At this week’s Huddle I will show you my “Roles and Goals” which grow out of my sense of call. You may have your own language, but the key is application. Remember…
But the noble man makes noble plans and by noble deeds he stands (Isaiah 32:8, NIV).