Abundant Living on a 24-Hour Clock – Part 2

Last week, we looked at strategy #1 on how to manage our time so that, like the Proverbs 31 woman, we can have a life of balance and abundance. Let’s look at some more way on how we can bring balance into our lie.

Strategy #2 – Track Your Time

Fitness experts recommend that in order to lose weight, you should keep a record of everything you eat. Financial experts say that to get a handle on managing money, you must first keep a record of what you spend.

Creating a balanced life is no different. Understanding how and where you spend your time is an important step to managing it more efficiently.

For a week, keep a notebook with you and jot down the time you spend working, putting on make-up, watching television, etc. After seven days, review your records, looking for patterns. You might be very surprised at what you discover. Who would have guessed that those multiple trips to the store take up so much time? How about the time spent sitting in traffic? Not to mention the hours wasted in front of the television!

Allow the Lord speak to you about how you spend your time. Ask Him for wisdom on how to use it more effectively.

Strategy #3 – Align Your Schedule with God’s Plan

Based on the time log you kept, determine how your time needs to be reprioritized. This is not necessarily easy to do, as you will likely have to choose between “good, better, and best” options. But considering that there are only 24 hours in your day, what activities will best serve God’s plan for your life during this season? Abundant living requires making tough choices, so maintain a willing spirit as God instructs you on reprioritizing your schedule.

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