BBS Excerpt :: Twelve Tips for Time Management

This is an excerpt from the Blob Bible Study book that I love :

Twelve Tips for Time Management

1. Plan in Detail:
Have a planner and write everything down in it. I've found htat the more you plan, the better you manage and the more you achieve. Also, the more detailed your plans are, teh better. Try planning twice a day–last thing in the evening and first thing in the morning. 

2. Deal With Today:
All God asks of you and me is to handle and manage today, only today. Jesus said, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34) God also says, "This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24) Saint Augustine paraphrased Psalm 90:12, "Number every day as your last day."
Each day is important in and of itself:
• What you are today is what you are becoming.
• You are today what you have been becoming.
• Every day is a little life, and our whole life is but a day repeated.

3. Value Each Minute:
Know how long it will take you to complete each task in your home. Are you facing a 2-minute task or a 20-minute one? Then decide if the task is the best use of the time. And how much is a minute worth? It's priceless or worthless–depending on how you use it.

4. Keep Moving:
Remember the principle of momentum: "A body at rest [human or otherwise] tends to remain at rest, and a body in motion tends to remain in motion." Use this law of physics to your advantage. Tell yourself, "Just one more thing...just five more minutes." Keep moving and you can cross one more thing off your "to do" list!

5. Develop a Routine:
Or, as the experts say, try "horizontal" planning. "Trying to do the same thing a the same time each day conserves and generates energy. It conserves energy by cutting down in indecision. You perform menial tasks by rote. It generates energy through habit–the habit of expecting to make phone calls, plan the meals, read hte paper, attend a class, or go to a meeting–at a particular time." Try to put as many tasks as possible into a routine.

6. Exercise and Diet:
Studies show that exercise increases metabolism, creates energy, causes you to sleep better, and produces pleasure hormones that contribute to positive attitudes, joy in life, and a general lust for life. Also, don't be spooked by the word "diet." The word simply means "a way of life." So develop a dietary "way of life" that gives you the energy and health you need to accomplish God's best.

7. Ask the "Half the Time" Question:
"If my life depended upon doing this task in half the time I have allotted, what shortcuts would I take?" Then take them!

8. Use a Timer for Everything:
Whatever the task, use your timer. (I'm using one right this minute, and its ticking is pushing me forward.) Setting the timer for "just five minutes" can get you started. Setting the timer for "I'll quit in five minutes" can keep you going. Also, when you set the timer, try to beat the clock. After all, as Parkinson's Law says, "Work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion." The timer helps you allow less time. And there's something extremely motivating about hearing your life tick away!

9. Do the Worst First:
What is the worst task on your list? Do it first and you'll keep that heavy cloud of dread from hanging over you all day long. Use your timer to help you get started. And once that worst is done, your attitude will be greatly improved, and you'll have more energy for the tasks that remain.

10. Read Daily on Time Management:
Just five minutes a day will help motivate you. If you don't have a good time-management book, start by reading over these 12 principles each day.

11. Say No:
Make your schedule. Let it be Plan A. Then follow your plan by saying no to yourself and to others. Move to Plan B only if God is moving you to Plan B.

12. Begin the Night Before:
Look what you can do the night before!
Plan the next day
Plan the next day's meals
Select, lay out, and prepare clothes
Clean up the kitchen
Run the dishwasher
Set the table for the next meal
Tidy up the house
Prepare lunches and meals
Defrost meat
Sort the wash and get a load going in the washer
Put things ou need to take with you by the front door.

Little steps like this can bring great results when it comes to time management and being organized at home. I've also noticed that these little steps snowball. Once you get started, you'll find energy and enthusiasm to keep moving.

From A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George.

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  1. Those are great tips! I like "do the worst first."

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