Before we start, I just want to make it clear that I am no expert in maximizing time, I am still learning like you who happen to find this blog interesting and Lord-willing, helpful. I compiled these tips out of my own experience , from verses that teaches us about time, from advices, from my role models. So enjoy! Don’t forget to leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is one of the most well-known verses in the Bible and it should continually be true in our lives.
You have to pray first thing in the morning (as well have your daily devotion) because God promises to give you guidance through His Word–and you have to ask for it, through prayer.
“I’m so busy!”, “I’m running late for school/work”
Are these lines familiar to you? It is, to me!
On days that you find yourself facing a huge amount of tasks or you woke up late. Prayer and Devotions seems to be the last thing on the list BUT take it from someone who is so busy..and by busy I mean, running a school of a large group of orphans. George Muller is known as a man of prayer and this is his testimony: On days that he foresees a number of tasks/errands to do, he doubles his time for prayer. Quite the opposite of what we do, right?
But try this experiment:
For a week,
THE MORE YOU WILL FACE A HUGE NUMBER OF TASKS/ERRANDS, THE MORE YOU SPEND TIME IN PRAYER.
(This may mean waking up an hour earlier than usual) And you’ll see the difference of what prayer can do.
2. Create a “To-Do List” every day
I have been doing this activity for quite some time now. First, because I tend to forget a lot of things. Haha But second, it helps me see the progress of my work throughout the day. Here’s a sample screenshot of my To DO List every day. I’ll post the Excel file if you want to try it on your own, and I urge you to try to make one!
3. Set your priorities
There are tasks that are less important than the others, you have to sort these tasks or else you might spend more time on less important tasks and find yourself running after the more important ones.
1. Going to the mall with friends
2. Finishing your project that is due the next day.
Task 2 is more important than task 1 so you should work on finishing task 2 before doing task 1.
I remember our Pastor, Pastor Jun Gonzales, once told us that “whenever we find something important, we make time for it, we prepare for it” So whenever we go to church late, that tells a lot about how we important the church and ultimately God is for us. (REBUKE FOR ME!)
4. Make realistic goals
DO NOT put in your TO DO LIST those tasks which you know are impossible to finish throughout the day.
At work, your boss told you to do a task that will require you to spend more than a day to finish. What I normally do in my to do list is a put a (pt.1) beside the task.
EXAMPLE: Task 1″E-mail consolidation of all students” pt.1
TASK: Lose 5 pounds
Do you think you can do that in a day? Well, as far as I know, it’s impossible.
So you can change it to:
TASK: Exercise 1 hour
This is more realistic and you can tick this off as DONE at the end of the day if you’ve really done it. This will lead you to your ultimate goal which is to lose 5 pounds. TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME. You’ll get there! 🙂 (A note to self) Haha
Why is it important to list down realistic goals? It’s because when you put in tasks that you can’t really tick as “DONE” at the end of the day, it’ll somehow discourage you, or make you feel bad that you weren’t able to accomplish all things necessary for the day.
5. Delegate tasks
If there are things that you can ask your sister for help or your mom, or friends, or churchmates. Ask them for help, there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem with those who are tagged as “workaholics” is that they usually work on everything all by themselves. In the long run, this may affect your health too! Stress can be reduced when you practice the art of delegating tasks.
You can always do this as long as you do it politely and it’s reasonable, you’re on your way to a better lifestyle.
6. Set apart time to reward yourself
I usually put in “REST”, “Watch a movie”, “Read a chapter from (Book Title)”, these are my rewards list. You can add it on yours as well, this will basically help you balance work and rest and will eventually help you set time for your loved ones as well.
7. Thank the Lord every after each day is done
At the end of the day, thank the Lord for His guidance, for the wisdom that He gave you in creating your TO DO list and that you were able to maximize your time.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18
I’m excited to see your to do lists! Share it with me at email@example.com
Here’s my TO DO LIST Excel File:todolist