I have a confession to make.
I have been in the process of taking inventory and looking at how I view my use of time. Imagine with me for a minute that time was a person. If this was the case, he would probably not like me very much. Often, I find that I can easily get side-tracked and don’t think enough about time, or I have tendencies to become overzealous with time, thinking that I can out-do him.
Which leads me to the question:
How do I tackle the issue of time? No, I am not talking about actually tackling time (I’m picturing football tackling here...). But, if this is an area you have looked at before, then like me, perhaps you are interested in looking at why this is an issue and what can be done about it in our lives.
In an article entitled “Procrastination: Conquering the Time Killer,” Steve Cable discusses time as a Christian worldview issue instead of merely a self-help topic. He says that time is an inherent concept in the Bible, especially because God transcends time, yet works in this world, which operates within the context of time.
God is also concerned with how we use our time, and our opportunities with others (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Cable talks about more than procrastination as a culprit for many individuals' struggles with time. He highlights the unease many feel with the use of their time. He asserts that people want to use time more wisely, although they are not practically putting this into action.
What to do with this tension?
For me, it has helped to recognize that it exists within me.
For a long time, I think I told myself that because I was a person with lots of energy and creative desire for effectiveness in certain realms, and that it was okay that time management did not come naturally to me. However, I saw that when I needed to, I could be effective, structured, thorough with planning in most, if not all areas of my life. Sometimes, it was still nail-biting to me, because I tend to have more of a flexible and adaptive personality toward life, but I know that I am more than capable of taking the necessary steps toward making better use of time.
I think sometimes it comes down to making a few key changes. This is an area I am attempting to work through currently. Even though my issue has been more on the other end of procrastination, and I tended to have unbalanced time in certain areas of my life, looking at Cohen’s instruction been insightful and encouraging to me.
I have been looking at 3 application areas:
Prayer ~ Praying about how God would have me use my time. In the past, when I felt like I had too much to accomplish and not enough time, praying that God would lead the way and grant me more than enough for all He has asked me to do.
Proper Priorities~ Checking myself and being sure that what I am doing is of significance, and yes, even keeping those dreaded lists that I used to hate making helps! Keeping the top priorities first, and making sure I don’t get off track by things that are due later.
Perspective~ As much as my tasks and my daily life takes over, truly keeping a kingdom minded perspective, and remembering the call of why I do the things that I do has kept tasks from piling up for me and kept me grounded.
What are some ways you have found to be more effective with your time?