Thursday, March 10, 2016

How Can I Use My Time Wisely? - Secrets of Ministry Success #9

Your time is a seed. Use your time as a seed. You can never achieve your dreams, your purpose, or your assignment until you learn how to sow the miracle seed of time.

What you have in life is the result of the time you have sown. How do people sow their time? A body builder trades time for sculptured muscles. A master musician spends hours practicing the piano. The athlete practices until he is the best. A doctor trades eight years of his life in order to learn how to diagnose a disease.

Anything of significance in your life will require time. Investing time is the only way you can gain something you want.

People say, “I wish I had more time” but no one ever received any more time by saying this.  Start using the time you have more wisely. You will never find time because it isn’t lost. You can only decide to use your time in valuable ways.

You can never get more time, but you can maximize the time you have. Learn to master your time, or your time will master you. Develop time consciousness. Work on Time Management skills. 

1. Plan long term.
            If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. People who set goals are much more likely to be successful than those without goals. 

2. Use calendars, clocks, lists, and timers. 
            My mother is obsessed with calendars, clocks, lists, and timers. She makes a list of things to do everyday and she sets her timer for specific amounts of time in order to accomplish her tasks. When I was growing up, I never understood why. I often rolled my eyes and made fun of her because of her love of using timers. But now I understand. Her focus allowed her to be successful at raising five children.

3. Plan your day.
            When you wake up in the morning, make a list of the six most important tasks you need to accomplish. Start with the most important.            

4. Invest in your dreams
- Are you spending time on making your dreams come true?
- How much of your time are you willing to invest in order to build a great dream or future?
- How much time are you willing to invest to research and gather info about your dream?
- How much time are you willing to invest in planning every day of your life?

Your time should be focused on your strengths. Use your most alert time to do the most important things in your life. For example, the most valuable hour in my life is my first hour of being awake which is when I am most alert. I often devote this hour to writing because it is when I do my best work. Later in the day when I am more tired is when I devote time to washing the dishes or organizing my office. I save less important tasks for when I am tired.