“Be very careful then how you live-not as unwise, but as wise making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.”
Each day is an opportunity for us to do the will of God and make the day count. We all get 24 hours in a day and we can choose to either live life wisely or unwisely. One of my goals for 2015 is to reclaim my time and to use it wisely. If we aren’t careful about how we spend our time we can easily miss out on the opportunities God gives us every day. Being a wise steward of our time gives us the chance to live life more fully. Here are a few ways I’m reclaiming my time for 2015.
1. Evaluating Your Yes’s-Saying yes to every request is not a wise use of time. I”m evaluating my yes’s in every area of my life whether it is a play date, a volunteer request, or anything else that requires my time. Saying yes to every request is taxing on your time and energy and takes detracts from the time you need to do other things that matter. Plus when you say yes and you really don’t want to do something it sucks the joy right out of what you’re doing. So before saying yes I think it is important to evaluate if it is 1) something you want to do, 2) do you have time to do it , and 3) if it is a good use of your time.
2. Practicing Preparation, Organization and Maintenance– So much time is wasted when we’re unorganized and not prepared. Getting organized is key to making my day go smoother. When I’m not organized or don’t prepare for the week I found myself running around frantically, annoyed and wasting time. Take time at some point in your week to get organized and prepare for the days ahead. Then practice maintenance throughout the week. The old saying put it back where you got it can go a long way in saving you time.
3. Know Your Priorities-What in your life ranks highest in importance? This is what the bulk of your time should be spent on. What is that adds meaning to your life? For me it is God, my daughter, my family, my home, church, friendships and also writing and sharing the gospel.The time I spend in those key areas add value to my life and to the life of others. Only I can take care of those priorities and if I neglect them then I suffer and so do they . When you know your priorities it is easier to say no to those time wasters.
4. Stop Procrastination-If you want to waster your time and miss out opportunities then procrastinate. Procrastination robs us of precious hours that we can never get back. One of the ways I’m motivating myself to stop procrastinating is to have an accountability partner, the other is to remind myself of missed opportunities because of my procrastination. Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today is a great motto to follow.
5. Get Rest- When I’m tired I don’t feel like doing much of anything and this affects how I use my time. Being well rested makes my days go smoother and I have the energy to use my time wisely and not walk along in a fog.
6. Identify Time Wasters– We are surrounded by time wasters. Just think about how much time we can just surf the web for nothing in particular, or check Facebook statuses, watch bad television, or spend time having conversations about the same old draining subjects! Do you know how much we could accomplish if we just got rid of a few of those time wasters? Identify what time wasters are your Achilles hill and do your best to eliminate or limit them.
7. Pray About Your Plan for The Day- It all comes back to God’s will. We can plan all day long, but if it isn’t in God’s plan for us it isn’t going to happen! Part of you reclaiming your time is praying about how God wants you to use your day for his glory. When God leads you your time is used wisely and the opportunities you are presented with aren’t missed. Spend time each morning asking God to guide you to use your time wisely.
Good luck in reclaiming your time in 2015!