Time Management Used Wisely Is Priceless!
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God has given us life, and the way we can show our thanks is to use the time that He has given us wisely. Please do not put off things that you can do easily today by procrastinating and often never getting to it. ~ Bill Greguska
Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Time Management Is Not As Hard As You May Think!
Questions To Focus On God’s Best
If today were the last day of my life, how would I choose to spend it?
What does God want me to do today?
Who am I most likely to encounter that needs my help or encouragement today?
Where have I seen God’s blessing in my life recently? Should I do more of that activity?
What do I feel passionate about? Could my day take on greater significance by devoting more time and energy to that cause?
What task is there that I, and only I, can do that could have great results in building God’s Kingdom if done well?
Questions To Help You Produce More
What can I do today that will matter in 5 years?
What can I do today that will matter in eternity?
God has given me a unique set of spiritual gifts. Where can I apply those gifts to realize the most significant possible results?
What is 20% of my day that produces 80% of my results? How can I increase my results by enlarging that 20%?
Who do I need to partner with to multiply my effectiveness?
What skills could I learn or improve upon to achieve my goals?
What is the biggest problem in my life right now? What can I do about it today?
Questions To Develop Godly Character
Who can I serve today without expecting anything in return?
What fruits of the Spirit do I need to work on today?
What promises and commitments do I need to keep today?
What have I been procrastinating on that needs my attention today?
Which area of my life is lacking and needs my attention today: Spiritual, Financial, Family, Career, Health, or Social?
Questions To Avoid Many Dangers, Toils, And Snares
What am I most likely to do today that would keep me from doing the thing I should do?
Where did I fail yesterday, and how can I avoid making a similar mistake today?
Of the many things I could do, which one should I do?
Where are today’s interruptions and distractions most likely to arise from?
How can I simplify my life today? What clutter can I cut out? What can I delegate?
What would it take to end today with no regrets?
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Change Seldom Takes Place Without First Asking Questions.
Jesus shaped His disciples’ thinking by asking them questions. When Jesus was asked questions, He often responded with questions. Questions can be beneficial in discerning God’s will. Here are some questions you will want to ask to discern God’s best for your life and to become more effective for Him.
Questions for Simplifying Your Life*
1. How would you complete this sentence: “I would like to trade ____ in my life for _____. What are simple pleasures you most enjoy (napping in a hammock, picnicking in a scenic spot)? How do these activities affect you spiritually?
2. Do you get newspapers, newsletters, or magazines you seldom read? If so, name them. Why do you continue to subscribe?
3. In what ways, if any, are you sacrificing the quality of life (more joy) to achieve a higher standard of living (more stuff)?
4. How might the absence of a TV in your home help simplify your life and help you, spiritually?
5. Since the 1950s, our houses have doubled in size, on average, while at the same time, our family size has been cut in half. Why do you think this is? How does this help or hurt our efforts to live a simple life?
6. In what ways, if any, could living a life of simplicity lead to a life of irresponsibility.
7. During what period of your life was your lifestyle the simplest? How happy were you then?
8. What “toys” in your life tend to complicate more than simplifying?
9. Scripture often speaks of moderation. What does moderation look like in an affluent society?
10. If you were to hire your best friend or spouse as a consultant to streamline your life, what advice do you think that person would give?
11. Where do you need to be more ruthless with the clutter in your life?
12. What are simple pleasures you most enjoy (napping in a hammock, picnicking in a scenic spot)? How do these activities affect you spiritually?
13. Someone said, “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” In what way is this true or not true in your own life?
14. What have you bought in the past month because of an ad that you would not have bought otherwise? How do you feel about the purchase now?
15. Does generosity go hand in hand with living simply? Why or why not?
16. What is the highest maintenance part of your life right now? What would it take to make it low maintenance?
17. Name three things that require more time and energy than they are worth? Can they be eliminated?
18. How do credit cards help or hinder you in the pursuit of a simple life?
19. Some believe the best way to leave this world is the same way you came in- with not a dime to your name. Do you agree or disagree with the “die broke” philosophy?
20. If you budgeted time like you budget money, would you budget more time and less time?
21. How would you teach your children moderation and restraint?
22. What is enough, and how can we know when we have it?
23. Do you have enough silence built into your life? How do you respond to silence?
24. In what ways do you practice moderation in your diet? How does this impact you spiritually?
25. Think of a time when you visited someone who was living “below their means.” What was it that surprised you most about their home or lifestyle?
26. What family traditions could you initiate at holiday time that would help avoid excessive pressures?
27. Could buying in bulk simplify your life?
28. How does your choice of floor covering impact your life?
29. Would you ever consider having no yard or a low maintenance yard?
30. Do you tend to buy fewer things that are more expensive or more things that are less expensive? Which approach leads to simpler living?
31. Do you observe a Sabbath day in your week? In what ways do you protect this time?
32. What can we learn from Jesus’ example of simple living?
33. What are some things a busy life leaves no time for?
34. Do your pets complicate or simplify your life?
35. Is your life more focused or scattered? What could you do to bring more focus to it?
36. Is it true that contentment comes from wanting less instead of getting more? Where is your focus- getting more or wanting less?
37. Someone said, “The more we have, the more we are faced with fears of losing what we have.” Is this true in your life?
38. When it comes to living simply, what cultural influence will require the most significant resistance on your part?
Questions to Help Redeem the Time
39. What does God want me to do right now?
40. What will be the fruit of this activity in 5 years?
41. What will be the fruit of this activity in eternity?
42. What job that I normally do can someone else do 80% as well?
43. If I died today, what would I wish I had done that I did not accomplish?
44. Have I trained myself to go down my to-do list without skipping over items?
45. What is the full cost of this activity, not just in money but in time?
46. What is the opportunity cost of doing this?
47. Is there anything else I could be doing right now that would have better results?
48. How can I do it faster?
49. How can I do it better?
50. Is all of my reading done with some purpose in mind and some action step resulting?
51. How can I do it as a Christian, in a way, a non-Christian would not?
52. What will happen if I continue to procrastinate on this?