Monday, May 14, 2012

5 Week Challenge, Week 2 Time Management

Yikes, time management.  That phrase seems oxy moronic to me.  My usual life seems more like, trying to check whatever things on my list are screaming at the front, while trying to raise two kids, clean house, grow my relationship with God (Yikes, why is that so far down on my list?) take care of myself with exercise, etc, etc, etc.  I feel like even when I attempt to "manage my time well", I'm never very good at it.  There are so many things I should/could be doing with my time.  Exercise, time with God/bible study, cleaning, quality time with the kids and DD fall on that list.  And yes, frankly, there are days I could be way better using my time.  As a wise friend said, "Every person is allotted exactly the same number of hours in every week.  How we use those hours is a matter of priorities and a conscious act of the will." 

I guess it's a good thing that Week 2's challenge of the the 5 Week Challenge at Women Living Well is time management.  I could use some.  Courtney talks about how we miss the gifts of life, from God, when we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off.  And I have to agree with her. Perhaps my problem, is my list of priorities.  Elizabeth Elliot writes in her book Discipline-The Glad Surrender:Time management, a highly developed science today, begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into a peaceful order if this is omitted.”

As Courtney states, maybe we are putting too much on our plates, more than God would put himself.  Mmmmm.  I just listened to her video on the new series on Proverbs 31 she is starting today (and yes I want to start this one too) that even this noble woman did not do everything in one day.  So again, I need to prioritize, and realize Rome wasn't built in a day.   I really do love schedules, so I need to make a doable schedule and commit to sticking to it.

 If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. ~ Zig Ziglar

A wise man. 

So here's the weeks challenge. (From Courtney's blog)

Week 2 – Challenge:
1. Sit down and look at your calendar. Think about your priorities.
2. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom as to what you should be doing with your time.
3. Write out a list of what you need to get done this week – don’t forget to write in time with God! (you can use the free printable as a guide :) !)
4. Every morning this week, look over your to-do list. Pray and ask God for wisdom. Add, take away or move things on your list accordingly.
5. Continue this discipline next week and the week after. Soon you will find order and rhythm to your days and weeks.

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