Making the Most of our Time
Scheduling, planning, and time management are things I think about often. I’m always on the look out for planners that may work better for me, or new ways that may help me organize my thoughts and ideas. For those of you that know me, this isn’t surprising!
I’m a fairly organized individual who loves systems and efficiency. Thing is, motherhood doesn’t always fit into those categories and so I am learning the art of flexibility. My challenge has been balancing flexibility as well as trying to make the most of each day.
Some days I’m super productive and other days I have no motivation, regardless of whatever planning and scheduling tools I may be using. It’s a struggle to use time well.
Although each of us has probably used the excuse that we ‘didn’t have time’ to complete some task or invest in a person, not enough time isn’t really the problem. Time is the one thing we all have in common; all of us have twenty-four hours in each day; no one has more or less. To say we ‘don’t have time’ or ‘not enough time’, just speaks to our use of time.
I find there are so many things vying for our attention, and in many cases robbing us of time well spent. This could be social media, internet surfing, gaming, excessive exercise, etc. For me it tends to be social media and the internet in general. All of this bombards us and distracts us from the things of real value, the things that affect eternity.
I recently listened to a podcast where the topic was on time management and they mentioned creating a time budget, similar to a financial budget. While some people may go so far as to budget every minute of everyday, even just knowing what your ideal week looks like can go a long way to managing your days and time well.
While planning and scheduling are good, they also need to be brought under the authority of God. He is the one who grants us days and knows our “appointed times and the boundaries of [our] habituation.” (Acts 17:26).
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
If we become too focused on our own schedule, the danger is that we will become annoyed with interruptions. A leader must be very mindful that interruptions from people are often chances to build relationships. I believe that a leader should never find people an inconvenience. “So now I take interruptions as from the Lord. They belong in my schedule, because the schedule is God’s to arrange at His pleasure” (Spiritual Leadership)
While I was in camp ministry, we always talked about the need for good planning when running programs. We encouraged all of our program directors to very carefully and strategically plan each day and hour, but at the same time to hold their plans ‘loosely’ and allow God to change it as He saw fit. When a program director chose to trust God and follow His lead with their program, their attitude would affect those around them and we would all be more fully aware of God at work.
“Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?” Proverbs 20:24
Planning and scheduling is good, using our time well is good, but if it’s not prayerfully done and surrendered to the sovereignty of God, then what are we striving for? If it’s not held loosely and with eyes fixed on eternity, we may miss some of the opportunities that God brings along because ‘WE are too busy’.
How are you managing your time? Are there things that are distracting you or vie for your attention that shouldn’t?
Are your plans flexible and held loosely so that God can act how He sees fit?
*Originally posted on The Eddy Blog 2016