Once we have taken the time to answer the questions on priorities (found here) then we need to start ordering our priorities. We do this so we can have an intentional plan in place for each day, week, month, and year.
Note that just because something is higher in the list doesn’t mean it gets more time, just the first time allocation.
I have categorized priorities into 7 categories in the following order. We will break these down over the next couple of posts. This is the order in which I allocate time in my weekly schedule.
- Everything Else
I have taught on this several times in the last few months and recently readjusted it a bit. I mention that for two reasons:
- Acknowledge that this slightly different than I taught before (the core remains the same)
- highlight how important evaluation and adjustment are in the on-going process of managing our priorities and use of time
Before we start to break down each of the seven categories, let’s take a few moments on the issue of “time management”. The truth is that no person manages time. The idea of a time manager is a false one. It’s not possible to manage time. Time moves at a constant rate that is universal. Every person, regardless of age, background, education, influence, position, money, or anything else has the exact same rate and amount of time in a day. No matter what we do there are 86,400 seconds every day that we each get to utilize. The sun has stood still only once in history for anyone (Joshua 10), and even then, it was only for one day.
In these posts we really aren’t talking about time management, we are talking about managing self. Those that seem to have more time than everyone else because of how much they get done are simply better at managing self and making use of the 86,400 seconds than others are. The good news is that this is a learned practice and not built on personality or talent. Yes, it comes more naturally for some than for others, but every one can improve in the area of self management and use of time.
The things we will be looking at over the next few posts come from much trial and error, too much wasted and missed time and opportunities, along with the wisdom and insight from many who are much wiser than I am. We’ll look at how to use the list of priority categories above to set a basic weekly schedule and how to make everything fit for the goal of an effective and purpose filled life in God.
What are your thoughts?