This month of April ushers me into my birth month and by default the question of whether I have used my time well or how I have used my time always lingers in my mind.
In my attempt to answer the question this month, I landed on my notes I jotted down about time management that I choose to share with you in a 3 part series so that we can learn or be reminded together.
You can manage your time by;
- Fully and rigorously getting rid of the wrong people in your life. If you are in doubt about your friends, first be rigorous then be ruthless. The wrong people will not only waste your time but suck the life out of you.
- Learning to schedule your activities around your purpose and your values. This way you shall make greater strands towards living a significant life.
- Taking on a to-do list. This is a life pattern whereby you know what you are to do from morning till evening. It can also be weekly or monthly. When making this list, you identify things you want to do and then go ahead to do them as planned. Take for instance you had scheduled to read a book for one hour and it turns out to be so exciting, avoid the temptation of going ahead with reading because that will take up time for other activities. But rather encourage yourself that you shall catch up on the good story next time and go-ahead to tackle other items that were on the to-do list.
- You need to also learn to say NO to many small things and yes to a few things. One of our main challenges is not lack of commitment but rather scattered commitment. You need to focus and redeem the time lost. Focus on the urgent and important things first.
- You need to also empower others. It is through investing our time in others that we shall reproduce more after our own kind. Even God told us to love one another. We need to live with the awareness that you cannot save time but you can invest time by adding value to others.
In the end, all that matters is what you do or did not do with your time.
We are stuck with time till death and therefore should learn to manage it. God values times and seasons and therefore you should too.
We cannot stop time but we have control over it. We cannot stop a day or an hour but we can determine how they can be used.
Time is generally unstoppable but it is controllable by you and I.
You might say that there is an appointed time for everything as a guide to doing nothing about your lost time but remember we serve a God of second chance and He dwells in eternity as earlier stated.
Stop, pause, and reflect; would you say that you are using your time effectively? Are you receiving value for your time at the end of the day?
Remember, you have been given the responsibility to steward your time for which you shall account the end of your life. Today can be the start of a redeeming journey where you cooperate and make your time count no matter what you do.
In conclusion, Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Paul advises us to walk in wisdom and redeem the time in these evil days, an instruction we ought not to take lightly if we want our time on earth to count.
Walk wisely, Redeem the time!
Just to Note:
You’re better off starting a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I LOVE YOU!