Time management is one of those topics everyone loves to talk about but no one wants to actually deal with it.  As an entrepreneur, I have 50 bajillion irons in the fire and if I’m not careful my entire day can be taken from me.
Managing my time is essential to my daily life, but often I fail. When we don’t have check’s and balances in place, the entire infrastructure we know as our life begins to collapse all around us

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What Does Scripture Say About Time Management?

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15 -17 15 (NIV)

The Bible is pretty clear when it comes to dealing with our time. We’re supposed to make the most out of every day, seizing every moment.  You know “carpe’diem”… the most overused line ever. We read that verse in Ephesians and what immediately pops into my head is that I’m supposed to live this grand, spontaneous, adventurous lifestyle. However, if we slow down and read the first line we realize that’s not it at all.

“Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise”

We have to be proactive with our time, choosing what’s most important and what can wait. 
As entrepreneurs, we wear many (if not every) hats of our business.  When we finally sit down to pray to God (let’s be honest, if we even have time for it) we pray for more time. I’m guilty of this. I wish I could have more time, so I could accomplish everything I need to accomplish.
The reality is that we entrepreneurs tend to think of ourselves as people that are larger than life. That we won’t burn out or grow tired of living this 5am-11pm routine. We feel as though we are the glue that holds everything together, especially when we are first starting out. We get so busy running around putting every fire out, that when it comes time for a spiritual check, we’re so far depleted we have no clue where to start.

Time management is actually a gateway to freedom

It’s time to take over your time, because God has tasked you and I not to waste our time on this earth. A great time-management system allows us to prioritize and create more balanced lives. That means not just devoted time with your business, but with your family, your friends, and ultimately just YOU + GOD time.

What Does Scripture Say About Prioritizing?

Moses’ father-in-law said, “This is no way to go about it. You’ll burn out, and the people right along with you. This is way too much for you—you can’t do this alone. Now listen to me. Let me tell you how to do this so that God will be in this with you. Be there for the people before God, but let the matters of concern be presented to God. Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do. And then you need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men—men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—and appoint them as leaders over groups organized by the thousand, by the hundred, by fifty, and by ten. They’ll be responsible for the everyday work of judging among the people. They’ll bring the hard cases to you, but in the routine cases they’ll be the judges. They will share your load and that will make it easier for you. If you handle the work this way, you’ll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people in their settings will flourish also.” Exodus 18: 17-23 (MSG)

Here’s another good rule to follow: If Moses had to be told he can’t do it all by himself, what makes you think you can? Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to keep you accountable. Make your time the most important thing in your life, so you can spend it on what really matters the most.

Application

Make time. Just like our own money, we know that time doesn’t just appear in our lap. We have to be intentional on creating it. Here’s how:
  1. Download time management apps, such as Rescue Time, Wunderlist (I use this one), and Tyme.
  2. Create a goal list. This is what I use Wonderlist for. You can create daily, weekly, and even life goals and work towards them.
  3. If a task doesn’t work towards your main goal, get rid of it. Give it to someone else. It’s not worth your energy
  4. Ask this question, “Is what I’m doing right now, the absolute best use of my time. Is this what God has called me to do” and if you’re anything like me you’ll probably  feel convicted.
  5. Give it time. Time management is going to be complex, difficult, and frustrating. You will fail, and guess what, that’s ok. It’s ok to fail. You have permission. Just don’t sit in your failure. Stand back up, wipe the dirt off your knees, and try again.

Benediction

May you find the time that God has granted you. May you embrace the the days challenges and joys, and make the most of every moment. May your no be no and your yes be yes.

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Chris Pochiba is an accidental entrepreneur. With over 10 years in the marketing/visual arts world, Chris partners with amazing organizations to create meaningful art that impacts the world.

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