Yesterday I posted on the value of our time. Today I want to focus on how to maximize your time! Here are some things I’d recommend:
Recognize that Your Time is Limited – Read my post from yesterday, it’s critical that we learn the value of our time.
Figure out Your Priorities – If your priorities aren’t right, then you will always be focusing on the wrong things. Learn to recognize the difference between what is actually important and what isn’t!
Ask Yourself About the Three R’s – Required, Return, and Reward. What is Required of me? (What do I have to do), What gives me the greatest return? (What is really going to make a difference if I get it done?), and What gives me the greatest Reward?
Set Goals with Timelines – Harvey MacKay says, “Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life. ”
Schedule Everything – Seriously! Schedule date nights. Schedule times to meet with mentors. Schedule time to check e-mail and social media. Schedule times to workout. Schedule what you’ll do throughout the workday. Schedule when you’ll rest! Everything!
Plan Your Day in the Morning or the Night Before – Look over your day and make your to-do list based off your goals and what needs done. Get it done before you start your day. Don’t leave what you’ll accomplish up to chance!
Keep Track of How you Spend Your Time for 2 Weeks – Twice a year, record everything you do every 15 minutes into a time journal. At the end of 2 weeks, review how you’ve spent your time. I think you’ll find that the best of us, waste hours. If we’re wasting hours, that means we have plenty of time that we could focus on getting things done. Find our where you’re wasting time, and make that time effective.
Use Free Time Wisely – Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” Enough said.
Have a Hack Committee – Have people in your life that can look over your schedule and tell you where you’re wasting time and what you should cut out. Allow them to say no for you. This takes humility, but the payoff is huge!
Ask God – Pray about it! Ask: Is this a wise use of my time? Are you telling me to do this? Am I supposed to be putting my time into this? How should I use my time? Nobody knows how we should be spending our time more than God does!
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