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07/12/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

LM 101: Time Management for Christians

This post belongs to a new series called the “Life Management 101” Series:

  1. Goal Setting for Christians
  2. Time Management for Christians
  3. Decision Making for Christians
  4. Organizational Skills for Christians
  5. Communication Skills for Christians

Your life is the sum of all your days.

  • The No.1 Mistake
Being busy is overrated.  In our society, it seems that if we are not busy or out of breath, we are low achievers and lonely people.  The no.1 mistake you can make is try to do too much at once.  It is unhealthy.  A good schedule allows you plenty of breathing room to relax, rest, and play.  You need to purposely schedule time to rest.  For example, I take a Sabbath, which means a day of rest every week on Sunday, when I don’t do any work.
  • Have an Eternal Perspective 
An eternal perspective is knowing that our life on Earth is very short.  It is nothing compared to the rest of eternity.  What we do in this life will help us store up treasures in heaven.  Our time is best spent to glorify God because every second is a gift from the Lord.
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” – James 4:14-15
  • Intentionally Practicing Patience
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” – Galatians 5:22
Practice patience in every situation where you find yourself rushing, or being impatient. Next time you wait in line, how about have a little prayer time with God?
  • Get Help When Needed
Both Leo Babauta (of Zenhabits) and I use the Google Calender. Try it.
You may need somebody (a mature Christian) to keep you accountable and make sure you are not wasting time or over committing.
  • Evaluating Your Time
Does your schedule reflect your priorities in life?  Stop for a second and think about this. Bible mentions several times to “make the best use of your time”.
  • Kill Tardiness and Procrastination
Tardiness is being disrespectful to others. Procrastination is being disrespectful to yourself. Neither is loving.  I always allow extra time for the road so I’m always on time.  I beat procrastination by installing a software to limit my internet uses.  There are many ways to beat them, you have to find one that works for you (because there is no one-size-fit-all solution to time management problems).
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