We all know time is important, but we don’t always measure out our days like it is. If you find yourself frequently asking, “Where does the time go?” or wishing you had more than 24 hours in a day, then perhaps you aren’t managing your time to the utmost. We don’t “have” time for something, we “make” time for something. That statement can be very freeing. If we make time for what we want to do by using a schedule, then we will have much more time than we realize and often even have time left over.
God placed in us a drive to be productive, which is a great motivation to use time wisely instead of wasting it. Tap into that drive! Your time needs a budget just like your money does. Tell your time where to go by using a schedule. We spend a great deal of time deciding what we are going to do each day, week, or month. When we have a schedule to refer to, the time spent on the day to day decision making is cut drastically.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Perhaps you are a creative type person that is saying, “Wait just a minute, I can’t stand being driven by the clock.” I can’t either. It stresses me out. Instead I follow more of a consistent routine. The schedule is still in place, I just don’t fret about needing ten more minutes to finish the dishes before starting to school my boys. I have found, however, that if I don’t pretty much keep the same order of responsibilities, then something gets forgotten.
The more I have prayed about this subject, the more I believe that it would be wise for everyone to keep a schedule. If you work from home, have kids, or homeschool then having a schedule is imperative. But what if you are a cashier eight hours a day? That time is already scheduled for you, but what about the other two-thirds of your 24 hours? We have a lot of responsibilities that God has entrusted to our care, and if we aren’t careful with how we use our time then something inevitably will get neglected.
I have included my own schedule as an example. Our routine last school year went something like this:~ 7:00 – personal responsibilities ~ 7:45 – breakfast & make Justin’s lunch ~ 8:30 – family devotions (also known as Bible Class) ~ 9:00 – chores (also known as Character Training Class) ~ 10:00 – math class ~ 10:30 – daily time for me, video snack time for the boys ~ 11:00 – reading & writing class ~ 12:00 – lunch ~ 1:00 – exercise (P.E./Outside play) ~ 2:00 – ministry responsibilities for me, play time for the boys ~ 4:30 – art time for the boys while I make dinner etc.
You need to find what works for you, but we all have dreams that we want to see fulfilled. Let’s not have time just vanish out from our grasp, but use it to the fullest. If you don’t know where to begin, make a list of your responsibilities with the approximate time it takes you to complete them and start charting out time slots for them. Innumerable resources are at your disposal, but for homemakers, moms, homeschoolers, I recommend Managers of their Homes by Steven and Teri Maxwell. I had been making schedules years before I benefited from the Maxwell’s ministry, but this resource changed my life.
Do you keep a schedule? Why or why not?