This is part 1 in my 3 part series: Time: how do I make the most of it?Part 1: 3 reasons you should have a "budget" for your time Part 2: Tips on creating more time or "margin" in your schedule Part 3: How to Budget Your Time and Pitfalls of being to Serious About Your "Budget"
It is often said that you can tell what someone loves by checking their calendar and pocket book! (not sure how many people actually use a pocket book but you get the point). This is one truth that we all try to disprove but really can't. It is also a truth that many people will take over board and use to make people feel guilty about their life. I'm not trying to do that here. I am just realizing that if I don't predetermine where my time is going to go, I'll end up wondering where it went? I know that this is true because I can't even begin to count the amount of afternoons in college and post-college that I've sat down to watch one show of NCIS, CSI, etc.. and 3-4 hours later I'm left wondering what happened. I also think of the times I've laid in bed at night scrolling through social media or watching tv and next thing you know its midnight or later! Our time can get away from us so easily! In light of that statement and the blunders in time management I have seen in my life I wanted to share with you 3 Reasons You Should "Budget" Your Time.
1. It is the Great Equalizer Time is the one thing that everyone has the same amount of each day. Some people you know may be more wealthy, smarter, have more physical ability, or have more technology at their disposal, but, the one thing you have in common with all of them is you get 24 hours a day. Just like we exercise to gain physical ability or budget our money to grow our wealth, we need to begin to think of how can schedule our time to make the most of it. My first excuse or shot at something that someone else does better than me is "oh they have more time to do that than I ever will". That statement will never be true, everyone around me has the same amount of time as me.
2. It is limited You only get 24 hours a day. No matter how little you sleep or how hard you work or how many Redbulls you drink, you can't add hours to the day. I know we always tend to joke about the people that get more stuff done than we do and we tend to convince ourself that they have more time but yet again we know that they don't! If we only get 24 hours today, we must take time to think about how to use them! Also, if I have the same amount of time as everyone else it allows me to be motivated that I am on the same playing field as them in the arena of time! This should motivate me to schedule my day out and guard against time wasting activities such as mindless social media browsing or TV watching.
3. It is Biblical In Ephesians 5:15-16 Paul tells the Ephesians, "  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,  making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." He is telling them to take care of their time! The God of the Universe has been on a mission since the Garden of Eden to redeem His people to Himself! One of the ways we can participate is this redemption mission is to redeem the time He has given us! The days are evil so lets do our best to redeem our time and make our hours on earth count for eternity! We can do this by doing everything we do to the Glory of God! How gracious God is to allow us to be able to do the most simple things like eating and drinking to His Glory!
Check back next monday and I will give a few ways to "create" more time!
Do you Budget Your Time? If So, Why? How has it Benefitted You?