A Tip For Time Management
Back when I lived in Texas, I really struggled with time management. I don’t know if it was just because I was young or because I was so busy or because I never said no, but I was basically always hurrying from here to there like Alice’s little white rabbit.
I had an amazing mentor named Debbie and she gave me the greatest advice: She recommended picking three big things that your life is “about”, then only do things that benefit those three priorities.
Almost instantly I knew what my 3 priorities were at the time: family, writing, and youth ministry. And the advice was so brilliant, because anytime someone asked me to do something for them, I’d just ask myself if it would benefit one of my three priorities. If it didn’t, then I said no. Or if I woke up in the morning with a mile long to-do list, I’d just look for the things that would help me serve my family, be a better writer, or serve in youth ministry. I could forget the rest. The list of things I felt responsible for became much more manageable.
Obviously, I’m not including a few things like friendships or housecleaning that I still did, but the idea of 3 Priorities became a really good filter for deciding what I spent my time on.
What do you think? Do you ever struggle with time management? Would having a reeeeeally short list of priorities like this help you simplify your life?What helps you do all the things you want to do? I want to hear tips!
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