In part 1 of Redeeming Your Time for what Matters Most, your life was divided into three different boxes. Box A included the important things in your life (God, family, health, etc.) that often get skipped because they are hard and have very little accountability. Box B was the urgent stuff (work, house chores, etc.) that always get done because people notice if you don’t (like your boss). Lastly, Box C is the easy and unimportant things (TV, Twitter, hobbies, etc.) you somehow always find time to do.
Your task now is to redeem some of the time spent in Box B [Urgent] and especially in Box C [Easy], to make more time for the things that really matter most, the important stuff in Box A. Here are 6 tips for helping you do that:
6 Tips for redeeming your time.
- Do the most important thing first, which is spending time with God. If you’re a Christian, you would probably agree that spending time with God is the most important thing you can do each day, yet how many days go by without opening your Bible? Here is the solution; if you spend time with God before you do anything else, you will never miss spending time with God. Period.
- Plan the important, and evaluate the plan. Doing the important things in life will not happen by accident, but through planning and evaluation. So don’t just say you need to spend more time with your spouse; instead, make a plan to spend one hour a day sitting and talking with them. Plan a date night once a month and a get-a-away trip every 3 months. Put them on your calendar and guard them with your life. Don’t just say you will, actually make a plan and do it.
- Develop Impactful Routines. Maybe one routine could be reading the Bible to your kids every night before they go to bed. Develop this routine and before long, if you forget to read, your kids will remind you that you haven’t, because it has become a routine.
- Keep a close eye on your time wasters. Notice this week all the things that cause you to waste time. Take for example the amount of time you waste looking at the phone you’re probably holding right now while reading this blog (if your not, I’m sure it’s close by). Identify your time wasters and keep them in check. Maybe put your phone in a basket at 9:00pm and look into the eyes of your spouse, instead of everyone else through a screen.
- Turn time wasters into memory makers. Maybe you like wasting time hiking through the woods or going camping. Why not take the kids along and make it a family hike or a family camping trip? If you love to hunt, take the kids scouting or let them join you in the ground blind. And yes, they might scare off that big buck, but in 10 years that memory will be worth more than the mount holding hats in your closet.
- Get accountability. The game changer for me was accountability. We often let the important things slip because no one is watching. You can fix that through accountability. Mine is simple. I wake up every morning earlier than I have to in order to get into God’s Word and spend time with Him. Then I send an email to three guys telling them what God showed me, and they do the same for me. This means if I don’t get up and get in the Word, I have three guys asking me why I didn’t. So, I hardly ever skip.
At the end of your life you will have a lot of regrets about time you spent on the urgent and easy, but you will have zero regrets about the time you spent on the important. Make the best use of your time, for the days are evil, and if you don’t make a plan for the important, the urgent and easy will win out every time.
Don’t just settle to live, live like you mean it.