November and December will soon be the stuff of memories, and if we’re not careful we’ll miss important moments. How can we use our time more purposefully during these celebratory months?
It gets my attention when I read a phrase several times from different sources in a short time. So, when I read “there’s no present like the time” in three different places in the space of a couple of days, I noticed.
The message I took from the triple play of that phrase was that…
…time is a present.
Every day is a tremendous gift.
We all have the same twenty-four hours in every day, but if you’re at all like me, we don’t live every day as if time is a precious gift.
There are number of options for how we spend our time. Some moments are best spent with other people for relational development, enjoyment, encouragement, comfort, or help. Other times are intended for work, or study, for the disciplined focus of our bodies and our minds so that we will learn and grow. Of course, there is always the stuff that just needs to get done: grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, cutting the grass or shoveling snow, and paying the bills. And don’t forget rest, because whether you believe it or not, we all need rest.
I realize that my time needs some re-structuring, so I think I’ll make the following adjustments.
I’ll start my day by asking God to make my schedule. That might sound a little weird or frightening, but it’s not. I’ll ask him to schedule my time, and then follow the plan. It’s amazing how infrequently I do that. I’m more inclined to make my own to-do list, ask God to bless it, and run with it.
Resist time wasters. I’m pretty sure that no one on their death-bed says, with regret, “Gee, I wish I had spent more time watching sitcoms or fooling around on Facebook.”
Set goals. Setting goals is a fairly obvious technique, but it’s surprisingly difficult to keep it forefront in my mind. I have goals, but the time I spend is not always in line with my stated goals. Loads of material has been written about this subject, but the simple fact is that I need discipline to make sure that I spend my time according to my goals.
What are your thoughts about spending your time well? Any ideas you want to share? I could use a few!