For years I've been teaching organization seminars at conferences and conventions. One of the things I'm often asked is how I can do all the things I do. The question derives, I think, from two things:
- I choose not to do lots of things most people do
- I choose to keep very busy
I have a real life friend who is also selective, busy, and entrepreneurial. Molly Christensen is a former Mormon Momma author. She is a homeschooling mom of seven (ages 3–20) who graduated from BYU in mechanical engineering. She has founded homeschool co-ops, taught classes (leadership, Latin, science, math, ACT prep, etc.), and dealt with familial food allergies. She currently co-mentors the Building Heroes Academy and blogs at Mentor Your Kids. (She's offering some adult training courses that look really great.)
I love to learn new things and new techniques — particularly with regard to productivity — so this morning I attended a webinar she offered on time management. It was titled Use Your Super Powers: Time-Bending Webinar. Below are some thoughtful ideas that were particularly helpful to me. I'm not going to write a dissertation about them, just present them for consideration. Perhaps they will be useful to you as well.
Four Keys to Better Use of Time
Physically Energized — caring for your body through healthy eating, adequate sleep, and correct relaxation
Mentally Focused — focus on what your heart desires (and know what that is)
Emotionally Connected — aware of negativity and able to return to positive
Spiritually Aligned — vision of who you are as a child of God and who you want to become
How God Magnifies Our Time When We Are Obedient
- He has given my mind clarity so I can do a task much more quickly than I otherwise would (such as writing a webinar or training program).
- He has made tasks seems to go faster (especially ones I do not like).
- He has brought tasks to remembrance that I need to do, but keep forgetting to do.
- He has helped me see things differently so that I don't get stressed out.
- He has expanded my capacity to do things beyond what I already believed I could do.
- He has given me extra resources and helped to take care of my responsibilities (yes, once he sent me a lady to prepare all my dinners for two weeks—for free!).
- He has helped me see that I don't have to do everything all by myself, even if I am perfectly capable of the task. I can now allow others to help me whether through service, trade, or payment.
- He has helped me see that some things that are on my list I don't even have to do.
- He has shown me that he wants to bless me when I prioritize doing what he says first.
- He has sent encouragement by having people show up at the right time to tell me something I've needed to hear so I can stay motivated to keep doing what he wants me to do.
- He has changed my heart to believe in others and see their goodness rather than to complain about how they aren't helping me complete my to do list.
- He has taught me that he will never give me more than I can handle, so when negative rationalization or fear enters in my mind, I can believe that if God asked me to do it, He will show me the way and I can do it.
What are your time management tricks? How has God helped you make better use of your 24 hours per day?