Wednesday, May 26, 2010

10 Ways To Use Your Time Wisely








Does Your Heart Need A Rest?

 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.


Psalm 90:12 


Do you think God is concerned about time management? Did you know He mentions time in the Bible over 4oo times?  I think that I can safely say time is of great importance to God. Time is a precious gift. 

As you all know I tend to be a MARTHA~always busy with too many things. 

One of the most valuable investments with our time we can make is spending time is solitude. An African proverb reads~ " Lord Jesus make my heart sit down." As a Christian~ profitable solitude is taking time to "sit down at Jesus feet." It is at these quiet and still moments that God speaks to us and we can gain strength for the journey that lies ahead. He will give us the wisdom we need for our lives. We are just foolish when we neglect to get His wisdom when He freely hands it out to. us. 

We  need to take a few minutes this morning and give our heart a rest~ 
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10 Ways To Use Your Time Wisely

1. Evaluate How You're Spending Time
  • Keep a time log for 5 days~My Christian Womanhood Teacher at College taught me this concept.
  • What are my time wasters?
  • Am I spending to much time on unimportant things?
  • Do I have any time for rest or fun? ~this is my biggest problem. All work and no play leaves one unhappy Momma~!
2. Set some goals
  • If you feel like your are working hard but getting nowhere~take some planning time. 
  • Make some plans.
3. Be Willing To Let Things Go For Life's Interruptions
  • People are more important than things~ drop everything to be used by God!
4. Learn To Say NO!!!!
  • Let the good things go to do the best things in life. 
5. Eliminate The Unimportant
  • Remove things from your to-do list that will not matter for eternity.
  • Remove time wasters.
  • Learn to delegate~ Mommas have a hard time with this one!
6. Develop Decision Making Skills
  • Don't be afraid of conflict ~sometimes this brings it.
  • Study your errors and don't repeat them.
7. Do The Tough Jobs During Your Best Time Of The Day
  •  Everyone is unique ~know your best time of the day and take advantage of it. I happen to be a morning person. My energy and mind become foggy in the evening. So I run with the wind in the morning. 
8. Plan The Work And Work The Plan~ (this is my life saver)
  • Set a time aside once a week to make a plan. When I get to busy I fail to do this~ everything gets out of timing!
  • Make a daily to-do list, a weekly to-do list and a monthly to-do list. Then when it is on paper let it go and just do the nest thing on the list. This will save your sanity!
9. Prioritize
  • Develop the ability to see what task are most important at any given time~ spend your attention and energy on those.
  • Set your deadlines and pencil them in a datebook.
  • Keep a datebook!
10. Reward Yourself~ 
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of your goals~even the baby ones.  Enjoy a special night out or a trip to one of your favorite place.
  • The biggest reward will be decreased frustration with chaos and a sense of accomplishment when you begin to feel that you are using your time  wisely.



Only one life~so soon it will pass. Only what's done for Christ will last!


Ephesians 5:15-17 


 15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

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