Abundant Living on a 24-Hour Clock – Part 3

It’s Time for Positive Changes

Now that you have determined what you need more and less of in your life, it’s time to take action. Here’s the real secret to great time management: Have a plan for every day, even if your plan is to “do nothing.”

  • If you don’t own a day planner, invest in one. Used faithfully, a day planner will become your own “personal secretary,” keeping track of appointments, meetings, deadlines, or anything else that is important to you. Using your planner, you will know in advance how each day and week is shaping up. It will tell you if you need to put off certain activities until the following week, or if you have time to spare.
  • Don’t over-schedule yourself. Give yourself enough “cushion” so that you are not rushing from one activity to another. This habit will help you maintain a spirit of peace and joy throughout the day.
  • Planning ahead can save much time and frustration. For example, try developing your meals in advance for the entire week. Grocery shopping for all your meals on one day can save hours in driving or waiting in line. Also plan ahead by keeping your health, your car, and your home maintained. Early maintenance is a powerful tool for keeping you on schedule.
  • Create new ways to use your time more effectively. Being stuck in traffic is frustrating, but perhaps you could use that time to pray, or, it could be a wonderful time to call that friend you’ve needed to reconnect with. Also, think about keeping “supplies” in your car that can help you take advantage of times when you are waiting. For example, the dentist’s waiting room is a perfect place to write that birthday card you need to send!

Above all, make a conscious decision to enjoy each and every moment of your precious life! Jesus said, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10, AMP) Be assured that as you submit your time and life to God’s will, He will direct and bless your steps!

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