Posts Tagged ‘time managment’

Unplugged

August 9, 2011

It has been a while since I was blogging regularly.  I was teaching a summer course that required more of my time than the regular semester.  Then I was on vacation.  Hopefully, I will now return to regularly blogging.

For a good portion of my vacation I was offline.  We spent some time at my mother’s lakefront cabin, and she does not have the internet. The nearest available source was about five miles away and I was not up there to sit in a McDonald’s.

I found that I got along just fine without facebook, email, or checking craigslist.

After leaving the cabin, we spent some time visiting with my in-laws.  We spent some time playing golf, and bowling on Wii (sp?)  As we were playing, I couldn’t help thinking that I would rather do those thing in the real world rather than electronically.  Although, the fact that you don’t have to pay for each time that you play, does appeal to me.

Finally, I heard a message about stewardship.  Stewardship of all of the aspects of our lives, not just our money.  It got me to thinking about how much time is spent on-line and whether that is truly a good use of my time.

Perhaps, I should unplug more often.

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Need to or Should do?

May 6, 2010

I am a very good money manager.  I understand budgeting, planning and the difference between needs and wants. 

I am not as good at managing my time. 

For almost two years I have posted a new article Monday through Thursday pretty consistently.  That may now change.

I am going to try to apply the same reasoning to my time management that I do to my money management.  Need versus Want: that expresses my understanding of money issues.  It is translated into: Need To, Should Do and Want To when it comes to time matters.

I am going to do what I need to do first each day.

Then I will do as many of the things that I should do that I can find the time or energy to accomplish.

I will fit in the things I want to do when possible.

Writing new articles is something that I should do, as I feel that it is an extension of my ministry, but it is not something that I have to do, so there will be some days that it does not happen. 

We’ll see how it goes.

Choices

July 23, 2009

I have the exact same amount of time in my day as everyone else.  We all have twenty four hours a day.  So when we say that we don’t have time to do something what we really mean is that we are using that time to do something else.  That “something else” is more important to us. 

When we say that we don’t have time to pray, read the Bible, or attend church; we are saying that the other things that we are doing are more important than developing our relationship with God. 

That is the wrong choice. 

God should be first in our lives, and everything else should come after our relationship with Him. 

I will admit that it is the ordering of “everything else” that can truly be challenging.  I always have more on my to do list than I am able to accomplish.  Life is about choosing what gets done… and what doesn’t.  Those decisions are difficult, because everyone else has their opinions on what is most important.  People are happy to tell us what we should do.  It is also difficult to find the proper balance of work, rest, and recreation. 

May God help us to make good choices in our life.  The first choice is to make our relationship with God our top priority.  Everything else comes after that.