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Are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of gal, or do you like to make a plan and stick to the plan no matter what? I suspect most people fall somewhere in the middle.
Me? Natural born planner here. And list-maker. I use both a paper planner as well as the electronic calendar on my phone. And of course, sticky notes – gotta have sticky notes!
Every year, I go on a hunt to find a new planner – and every year I can’t find exactly what I’d like. So every year I make do with one that is close. I think I have tried every brand known to man – and never the same brand twice. Does that qualify me as an expert? Yeah, yeah well, let’s pretend it does for the purposes of this post. Humor me.
Or, better yet, let’s get our tips from The Expert Himself. The Bible has quite a bit to say about planning and time management. And in this day and age when those who get the most done are celebrated, well, it would be good to know what God thinks about it. Yes?
No matter what stage of life you find yourself in right now, I think you will find these biblical time management tips useful and, more importantly, beneficial. And if you for one second are thinking that your current stage of life does not need dreams, goals or planning, just remember this …
“Having a God-sized dream isn’t about me living big; it’s about God living big in me.” ~Tammy Kennington
8 Biblical Time Management Tips
1. Clearly define your priorities.
Colossians 3:1-2: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
We must schedule what matters most first (things that are above) or you know what will happen – it will get pushed out by every little distraction. Ask me how I know.
2. Diligently make plans.
Proverbs 21:5: The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Proverbs 14:8: The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.
Prudent, now there’s a word you don’t hear much anymore. But I like it!
3. Plan carefully, taking into account the Lord’s will.
Ephesians 5:15-17: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
“Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him— that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. In spiritual issues it is customary for us to put God first, but we tend to think that it is inappropriate and unnecessary to put Him first in the practical, everyday issues of our lives. If we have the idea that we have to put on our ‘spiritual face’ before we can come near to God, then we will never come near to Him. We must come as we are.”
But how do we know the Lord’s will? Number 4 will help.
4. Seek Him first every day.
Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
5. Commit your plans to the Lord.
Psalm 37:5: Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Seeing it in writing helps to know where your commitments lie.
6. Ask the Lord what He wants you to do.
Psalm 31:14-15a: But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand;
Proverbs 19:21: Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Proverbs 16:9: The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
7. Be watchful for divine interruptions.
James 4:13-15: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
8. Work hard. Don’t be lazy.
Proverbs 14:23 (NIV): All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 6:6-11 (NLT): Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
There’s a reason I titled this post “Seize the Week” instead of “Seize the Day.” Besides the fact that the latter quote has been way overused.
It helps me to see and think about a whole week at a time – rather than one day or a month. One day means re-writing lists too much. One month is just too much to take in. So one week is ideal. Plus, when you look back on your week, if there was a bad day in there, you can feel better that the majority of your week was productive.
In my quest for the perfect planner, I couldn’t find a vertical weekly page that included the biblical principles above. Now don’t be calling me Goldilocks but I needed one that was just right. I wanted the “things from above” to be first and foremost in my week – in my days. So, I made myself a planner! Check out these features …
1. Write a memory verse for the week.
2. Write prayer requests for the week.
3. Record your quiet time – either with a big check-mark or the verses you read.
4. Write down morning activities.
5. Write down lunch dates or use this area to plan what to eat for lunch – great if you are keeping track of eating healthy!
6. Write down afternoon activities.
7. What’s for dinner?
8. Write down evening activities.
9. What are your goals for the week?
10. Write down the cleaning chores for that day.
11. Write your top 3 tasks for each day.
And there you have it – the PERFECT planner! I’m thinking about calling it the Goldilocks Planner. What do you think? I kid.
Actually, the only thing that would make it more perfect would be if it included actual dates and holidays – So, stay tuned.
The hand-lettered planner printable above?
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