Charles F. Kettering was a farmer, school teacher, mechanic, engineer, scientist, inventor and social philosopher, and held over 300 patents. How ever did he manage to have such a busy and productive life? This is what he said:
“The future is that time when you’ll wish you had done what you aren’t doing now.You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.”
For me, organizing my time has always been difficult. And as I get older I seem to take longer to do things.
Jim Wideman thinks that being a good leader involves learning how to get things done. But his points are valid for all of us. In essence Jim says we need to:
- Buy the right tools
- Plan thoroughly
- Break projects down into steps
- Evaluate how we are spending our time
But this is not simply a post about efficiency and time management. There is an underlying spiritual necessity to make the best use of our hours and days.
Robert Moffat, the missionary to Africa, saw it. He wrote:
“We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them.”
I don’t know how much longer I have on this earth, in which to reach the lost, and accomplish the other ministry goals that God has set before me. So I need to evaluate my use of time and make some changes.
Have you found any principles of time management to be helpful?
What do you do to ensure you accomplish your God-given goals?