Laertius Diogenes was a 3rd century biographer of the Greek Philosophers. Though I don’t agree with a lot of what he said, I love his quote, “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
How do you spend your time? Is your day wasted away with non-essential things? Do you struggle at the end of the day wondering where the time went? Do you find yourself in a state of panic most of the time, trying to complete a project or keep up with never ending appointments?
Every second is important. Every second is unique. Every second is fleeting. Use your time wisely. Are you making the most out of one of the most precious gifts of life…time? A.W. Tozier said, “when you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”
What about your family? When is the last time you made ‘real’ time for them? Have you dated your spouse lately? If you don’t make the time, it won’t happen. What about that quality time with your children? Trust me, I know about this – I have six children! I can remember bringing each one of my kids home from the hospital as newborns…changing diapers (okay, maybe not many!), the cute little onesie pajamas with ‘feet’ in them, having those babies grab hold of my finger with their little hands, hearing them say “Da-Da” and the countless other memories that are so awesome! Then before I knew it, my oldest son was married and I’m a grandfather! Wow, where did time go?
Ovid said, “neither the wave that has passed can be recalled nor the hour which has passed return again.” Hey, you got a second or are you too busy trying to find that lost piece of information or pursuing the American dream or surfing the internet. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” The time is NOW for you to make a change in how you approach this issue of time.
Here are my top 5 suggestions to help you deal with your time:
1. Make a list of the things that only you can do. (things that cannot be delegated) Prioritize them according to your purpose in life. There should never be more than 4 top priorities in one day.
2. Create a not to do list. Drop some things – don’t do them anymore!
3. Schedule everyday – everything! Put on the calendar date nights, family nights, alone time, everything! If you don’t handle your schedule, someone else will and time will disappear.
4. Guard your time on line – email, Facebook, Twitter, etc…You will be surprised to find how much of your time is spent on these things.
5. Review all of your work at the end of the week and then plan for next week!
We don’t need more time, we need to manage the time that we have more effectively. Why don’t you make time right now to begin practicing these suggestions that I have given you. You got a second?