“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
Jesus says in John 11:9 ‘Are there not 12 hours in the day?’
We all share the same 12 hours in a day. Do you go through your days wondering whether you will ever have more me-time, free-time, more time to create, to dream and to focus on that which is important like your relationship with God and family. Do you ever wonder whether I can reclaim my time?
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Making the best use of your time means redeeming it , to “buy up”.
Time is something we should be aware of. If not careful, we could be wasting away hours in a day unproductively.
Wasted time cannot be bought back.
7 simple ways to reclaim your time.
1. Plan and prioritize.
Organizing our world creates a more simplified and peaceful life. Disorder is deadly.
Plan your to-do list the night before. Invest in a good calendar or to-do app or lists.
Psalm 31:14-15 But I trust in you, LORD. I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hands.
One of the most important reasons for keeping a to-do list is the organization.
Organizing your tasks with a list can make everything much more manageable and make you feel grounded.
Seeing a clear outline of your completed and uncompleted tasks will help you feel organized and stay mentally focused.
Kenneth Chenault, American Express CEO
The last thing Chenault does before leaving his office at night is to write.Then he’ll use that list to start his next day.
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2. First 15 minutes for God.
Putting God first is the most important thing we can do for ourselves.
He is the only one who can order our footsteps perfectly, anchor our souls and give us the right perspective on things.
He drops ideas, creativity, favour on us as we spend time worshipping and seeking His face.
God is a debtor to no man and in any place whosoever seeks Him will receive blessing.
Psalm 55:16-17 But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.
Invite Jesus into your day and see His hand at work in your life.
Jesus is our redeemer and He only can help with reclaiming your time too.
E.M Bounds chaplain in the Confederate States Army
“I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another”
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23) Click To Tweet
3. Monitor social media.
If you are anything like me ,I get on pinterest to search for a recipe to make for lunch and end up having coffee for my meal because,
2 hours later I realize I got lost pinning images to all my boards and forgot I needed to cook. Tell me I am not the only one.
Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Or maybe you love watching all kinds of videos on you tube and face book.
Some of us post stuff on twitter, Instagram and face book and spend the rest of the day counting likes.
Cut down time wasted just browsing the internet and watching television.
Leelawatte Popali-Lehane clinical psychologist
She recommends setting strict limits on checking emails, texts, and social sites. Checking them frequently can become a bad and very distracting habit that makes it hard to concentrate on more important tasks.
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4. Finish difficult tasks in the morning.
All difficult and strenuous tasks should be attacked in the morning before the lazy afternoon.
The mornings are when we have the most energy and zeal for work, work outs, meal preparation,or any errands that you have to run.
Proverbs 14:23 In all hard work there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty.
Your life, your work, your art, is about solving problems. It’s what sets our ideas and accomplishments apart from those of others.
Attempting to think about and solve those problems in the morning will give you great success.
Mark Cuban, Billionaire
“In the morning I read, update and deal with whatever issues I have to address. First thing’s first and the first thing for me is always work.”
Too many of us suffer from perfectionism and want to get everything done ourselves.
In our day to day lives there are countless jobs that do not require our expertise.
Reclaim your time by delegating tasks to others, so you have more time on your hands.
Amos 3:3 Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?
Learn to trust others and let go. Everybody has a gift. Recognize it and put it to good use.
Assigning and delegating duties will help your helpers and employees develop their own skills and abilities.
“It’s better to get ten men to do the work than to do the work of ten men!”
Perfectionism isn't a fruit of the spirit - JOY is. - Ann Vonskamp Click To Tweet
6.Cut down un-necessary commute.
Long commutes negatively impact your health—eating up time you might use for exercise and adding to the total time you waste in a day.
Save time by ordering your groceries online, visiting a grocer near by home or on your way back from work.
Banking online can really save time.
Visiting a gym close by, getting the trainer to come home or better still just jogging around the block could save you a lot of time.
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Add up the time spent going to/from work every day and see if there is a way to reduce it.
Carpool if you can — you can use the time spent riding to do things on the way.
William Frederick Book
“A man must be master of his hours and days, not their servant.“
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7. Learn to say no.
This has been one area that I have personally struggled with. I am sure there are many out there who share this struggle.
If asked for a favour, we feel the need to say yes, even if we cant do it, or have no time or inclination to do it. It is absolutely okay to say no.
Everyone knows the adage: good fences make good neighbours. Basically, it means to set firm boundaries.
When you say no to the things that don’t help you, you are, in effect, saying yes to the things that will.
Galatians 1:10 For do I now seek the favour of men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Learn to say no to the people, situations, and commitments, invitations that do not move you toward your intended goals, that distract you, or that you simply do not enjoy.
Be purposeful in your actions—learn to say no!
Learn to say no; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read latin - Charles Spurgeon Click To Tweet
Reclaim your time and reclaim your life.
Be patient with yourself and refuse to waste time on stinking thinking.
Do leave a comment below if any of these points helped you.
What are some of the things you do to save time ?
Declare the word with me:
I look carefully then how I walk, not as unwise but as wise. (Ephesians 5:15)
I conduct myself with wisdom. (Colossians 4:5)
I make the most of my time. (Ephesians 5:16)
Pray with me:
Lord teach me to number my days, that I may present to You a heart of wisdom. Help me to use my time wisely and learn to say yes to that which is in your perfect will for me.
Lord restore all the time that has been lost and give me more ideas and ways to reclaim my time and reclaim my life. Most importantly nudge me to spend my quiet time with you and quality time with family, in Jesus name, amen.
” Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else” Peter. F. Drucker