Everyone has issues with time management. If you don’t have someone else doing the work for you, then you know what I am talking about. Over committing because you can’t say no or don’t know how to say no is one of the worst issues I hear people complaining about. Here is a few suggestions to help you get more organized and to help you know when you are overstepping the time you have to make things happen.
Make a list of your current commitments –
family related, church, community organizations, work and business. Is there any you need to get out of? If you have all of these things on your list and you don’t know which one’s you can’t handle then you need to prioritize your list to accommodate the time you do have. Remember … there is only 24 hours in a day and you have to sleep sometime.
Every commitment you have claims a part of your time and attention.
Is that commitment worthy of your attention?
Should you really be doing it?
If you’re already overworked and out of time than any additional commitments you take on will divide your attention even more and make you unable to give your best to any project. Commit to what you feel is the most important and say no to the rest. Most people can juggle 3 or 4 projects at once and still maintain a healthy relationship with work, home and church. However if you have projects at church that you want to be a part of, then the projects you take on at home or work need to be less.
We are always trying to please everyone… however when you finally stop and realize that you must be the one that is pleased with what you can accomplish without stressing yourself out other projects will fall into place.
Don’t be a people pleaser that says yes to everything. Know your limitations, know what time will allow you to accomplish and know what is healthy for you.
Don’t allow the outside world to interfere with your relationship with God and your family. These should be a priority to you above and beyond all else.
Time Management is by far the worst for many of us…. The key is to know who you are, what you want to accomplish and how to do it without hurting yourself or others around you. Make the list – prioritize your list and stick to it.
God took 7 days to create our world and what was on it. That was His project. Then He has maintained it for 1000’s of years. It’s a full time job. Imagine what it would be like if He were not around to answer prayer or create life because He was doing something else.
It is the same for you. You start something, cultivate it and walk away because you have other projects to start… what happens when you are no longer cultivating a project? It falls apart!
Make your list…stick to it… and let me know how it goes. I would love to hear from you.