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How to Manage Your Time

by Elder Lina Reyes

Ephesians 5:15-16, “  Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, making the most of your time because the days are evil.”

Time management is managing your activities and those activities are the steps toward achieving the most of what God wants you to accomplish for Him.

Some tips to manage your time

  1. Make a list-write down your task to remembers everything you need to do because if you don’t you are bound to forget some things.
  2. Prioritize – Decide on your most important goals. Do first things first. If you have multiple projects in front of you and trying to finish all at once, then you panic. Do first things first, then, put it aside and go to the next.
  3. Planner – plan ahead, daily, weekly, monthly, long term. Write down your appointments, classes, meetings. Write your schedule. First thing in the morning, check what’s ahead for the day and go to sleep knowing you’re prepared tomorrow.
  4. Use a calendar – Manage your activities. Mark the deadlines so you know when you need to finish your tasks.
  5. Have a clock visibly placed before you. Sometimes we are so much engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front will keep you aware of the time.
  6. Set reminders 15 minutes before. If you have an appointment or a meeting – set the alarm 15 minutes before.
  7. Focus – focus on what you’re doing. Don’t do multi-task so much that you’re not getting anything done.
  8. Block out distractions – What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in? (switch off your phone. Calls are recorded and answer or contact them afterwards.)
  9. Delegate – If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

10.Eliminate time Wasters – What takes your time away from your work? Facebook? Twitter? E-mail? Stop checking them so often.

These applications of time management have proven to be effective and next time we’ll all be good time managers.