Good Time Management – By David Ibiyeomie

Eph. 5:16 – Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Time management is the ability to use your time effectively or productively especially at work. It is the process of planning how to divide your time between specific activities and how long you spend on each assignment.
Good time management enables you to work smarter; not harder so that you get more work done in less time. Failure to manage time damages one’s effectiveness and causes stress.
Malcom X said ‘In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure’
Consequences of failing to manage time effectively
• Inefficient work flow
• Poor work quality
• Higher stress level
• Poor professional reputation
Benefits of good time management
• Greater productivity and efficiency
• Better professional reputation
• Increased opportunities for advancement
Keys to Good Time Management
Key #1: Assume Responsibility. The first key is assuming responsibility for your use of time. The Bible challenges us to redeem the time according Eph.5:16, which means to make the most of the time God has given us.) Choose to take charge of your time to the best of your ability. If you don’t manage your time, somebody else will.
Key #2: Plan Your Schedule. Plan your new day from the night before so you don’t forget anything. Months can go by without your making any progress towards your assignment if you don’t plan your schedule and set your goals and dreams into the context of deadlines.
Organize your time for maximum productivity and efficiency. Write on a sheet of paper all the important things you need to do tomorrow and list them in order of their priority. Start with the first thing on your list the following day and stick with it until you finish it. Doing so, you will most likely accomplish the most important thing on your list before the end of the day.
Key #3: Stay Organized. Continually searching for missing documents or items is a waste of time. Stay organized as you work. Throughout the Bible, we find numerous references about doing things and maintaining things in an orderly fashion. (See Exodus 40:1-16 as an example.)
1 Corinthians 14:40 : But all things should be done decently and in order.
Key #4: Review Your Day. At the close of a day, review the way in which you have spent your time. Evaluate your schedule. Compare what you did with what you intended to do. Ask yourself: Did I make good use of my time? Did I procrastinate? Was I able to maintain my concentration? Did I engage in activities that truly were priorities? Did I accomplish my task? If you recognize that you have fallen short of the ideal schedule you set for yourself, try again and again and again until it becomes part of you.
To get your assignments accomplished, you must stay focused; if you don’t, phone calls and various interruptions can send you running in forty directions.
God bless you.

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