Time management principles - Change your perception
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” - Carl Sandburg
The next foundational principle in managing our time rests in changing the way we perceive our time. If our view of time is distorted than it’s only natural that our actions towards our time won’t be the greatest. Let’s examine a few areas where changing our perception of time is very important.
Understand that you have all the time you’re ever going to need.
At some point we’ve all said to ourselves statements like ‘If only I had more time’, ‘How time flies’, ‘I wish there were more hours in the day’. But those statements will never change the reality that we have been given all the time we’ll ever need. Our challenge is to now make the most of the time we have. “…redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”Ephesians 5:16. We redeem by making up for lost time. We can only do that by walking wisely in our next steps because we cannot change the past. That means we have to walk with purpose, our speech has to change, we need to eliminate distractions and improve on those techniques that make us productive.
You already have the ability to manage your time effectively.
The potential to manage our time effectively already lies within each one of us. We only need to add a little knowledge and wisdom to sharpen the axe that makes us productive. That means that firstly our language towards time has to change. “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.” Proverbs 16:23. So now our statements should be those such as ‘I have all the time I need’, ‘I’m getting better at managing my time’ or ‘I’m excellent at time management’. You may feel that this is far from where you are but you’re calling out those things that are within you. When God instructs us to redeem the time it’s because He has already given us the grace to do it. In the continuing weeks we will be learning about some of those techniques that can help us to manage our time effectively.
You are responsible for the way your time is used.
The use of our time is our responsibility. When we were babies and young children we relied totally on our parents and those in charge of us to take care of us and dictate how our time was used. Now we are the ones who ultimately determine how much control we have over our time. We begin to become more effective when we fully accept and act upon this truth. Certainly there are external factors that we will not always anticipate and these may at times mean we have to alter our plans to compensate, but generally we hold the keys to the use of our time. If you do not take control of the time available to you in life I guarantee you that someone or something else will.
God bless and protect
Quote of the week:
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. - C. S. Lewis