Many people nowadays are surprisingly interested in time management. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say lately that they feel like they’re not productive or efficient enough with their time. Some say that they think they only have very few or limited hours in a day to accomplish certain things. The questions they frequently ask are: “How do I manage my time?”, “What’s the best way I can manage time well?” or “What are the tips and tricks so that I can be more productive or efficient?”
Last Tuesday, I conducted a time management training with 20 students. The training is based mostly on the content our senior pastor made inspired from Ephesians 5.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
On this short verse alone, we can get a lot of insights on how we can manage our time well. The Bible is just that amazing wouldn’t you agree?!
I will not be sharing the learnings from that training today.
Maybe next week (Kainis ba at nakakabitin?).
Before you shoot me :)), we’re going to focus on something I believe should come first before we go to the tips on how to manage our time effectively. First we have to understand and grasp the urgency and importance of our subject matter.
I believe that in order for us to manage our time well, it’s very crucial that we first grasp the urgency and importance on why we have to do it in the first place. If we understand and absorb the WHY, the HOW will be easy. So today we’ll focus on the WHY first, because once we get the WHY, the HOW will be easy. After this, then we’ll focus on how to manage our time well based on Ephesians 5 (wait for that next week).
WHY DO WE NEED TO MANAGE OUR TIME WELL?
The reason why we need to manage our time well is basically because of this: TIME IS FLEETING. We can never get it back once it is already gone.
Imagine for a second if someone were to give you this very moment a huge amount of money let’s say PHP 10,000. What will you do with it? Will you just waste it or will you carefully think about where to put the money? Will you put it to good use? For many of us, we’ll be very careful where to put such a big amount of cash. It’s funny how we treat money with such importance but sometimes with time we don’t. The thing is, we don’t realize that time is more important than money. Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn captured it when he said this statement about time:
“”Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
Author and leadership expert Tim Elmore shares in his book (Habitudes) a nice illustration of how time works (paraphrased). Imagine this:
What if someone anonyomously deposits money in your bank account every day? Each day it is the same amount: 86,400 cents which is equal to 864 pesos. That’s PHP 25,920 a month! The money is yours to spend however you wish but there’s just one catch. You have to use it or you will lose it. Any amount left by the strike of midnight will be taken away if not used. The question is: How will you spend that money every single day?
If this was true, we’d definitely think long and hard about how we would spend the money right? We may start making a list of how we will spend it. What to buy, how much to spend when and where.
Why would you take it seriously? That’s a pretty good amount of money and you don’t want to waste any by the end of the day.
I believe that’s a great illustration on how time works.
Time is both URGENT and IMPORTANT. Urgent because life is so short and time will just pass us by if we don’t spend it. Important because of its value: again, time is more valuable than money. If time is both urgent and important then logically we should it treat it the same: with URGENCY and IMPORTANCE. The only problem is we don’t treat it like that.
One of Moses’ prayer to God is this:
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Moses prays to God that he will reveal to his people how short, temporary and fleeting life is so that they will start living their time and their lives wisely. Prior to this, the Israelites were living in sin and stubbornness to God not realizing how foolish it is to live like that.
Back in 2009, our church Victory, had a series titled: One Life to Live which was based on a book titled: One Month to Live. For me, this series is one of the best I’ve ever attended. The series helped changed my perspective and view about life. The title alone of the series speaks a lot. We only have ONE LIFE TO LIVE we have to make this life count. Ever since then, I became very very intentional as to how I’m going to spend the rest of my time here on earth. I definitely don’t want it just to go to waste. My time here on earth is my stewardship. God gave me the responsibility to manage it well so as to bring glory and honor due his name.
Our lives are going to be summarized by a dash. This dash is going to be found in our epitaphs in the future. This is how people are going to remember us by. All of us are going to die that’s for sure the question is how are we going to spend our few, short and limited time here on earth? My hope is that you will have that sense of urgency and importance about time. My prayer is like that of Moses’ that God will teach us to number our days so that we may learn to live this life wisely.
Let’s make our lives count. Let’s maximize the time that we have for God’s honor and glory. God bless! 🙂