With increasing demand from family life, our careers and ministry there is a greater need for effective time management.
We are each given just 24 hours. It is entirely down to us how we choose to spend it.
Personally, I have cut down on my TV viewing time which has made a huge difference to my evenings. I now spend this time doing things that are helping me to develop my character and skills.
I actively set aside family time otherwise I will allow myself to get caught up in other tasks which are important but should not take priority. I love my family to bits but by nature I am a doer. I like to tick off my check list and see instant results.
My five tips to improve your time management;
1. Wake up with a purpose for each day. Without purpose, one drifts in life. I start my day with prayer and reading the bible. I ask God to reveal His plans for me that day and actively seek to bless at least one person with a word of encouragement, my support, a listening ear.
2. Write down your priorities each day, in order of preference. Tasks not carried out can be carried over to the following day (there will be one or two!)
3. Plan to arrive early NOT on time. If you arrange to meet someone for 1pm, make a mental note to arrive for 12.30pm. This will allow for traffic and any other delay.
4. Communicate your movements with your spouse to ensure you are working as a team. Pull together to make life workable. Ensure you know of one another’s plans so there are no misunderstandings or double bookings.
5. Make full use of your diary and apps on your mobile phone. I recommend noting events and key dates in a hand diary and your mobile. Also use the ‘reminder’ option as a prompt. This works well for me!
How effective are your time management methods?
Do you secretly wish for more hours in the day?