By Ana Renee
When we skim through the qualities of the Virtuous Woman, it can almost be overwhelming to see everything she was able to accomplish! The virtuous woman had two qualities that enabled her to manage her time well: she “worketh willingly with her hands” (vs. 13) and “eateth not the bread of idleness” (vs. 27). I believe that by applying these to our lives as well, we can better manage our time. But how do we get there?
When trying to change any area in our life, we should apply two important things: prayer and work. God always hears our cry for help, but He does not always just hand us our desire – He often wants us to work on changing. If we start our days armed with prayer and a mind to work willingly, we will be one step ahead in our day.
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There are several other things we can do to help us manage our time wisely. Here are just a few ideas:
~Write a list
In the morning, we should make a list of “things to do today” and check that list for projects to do during free time.
If we are not a list-writer, we can keep things going by planning the next project to do while we are in the middle of our current project.
Before doing fun things first, we should look through our list and realize what must be done first.
~Keep our eyes open
We need to look around and see other needs around the house to do, not being blinded by, “it’s not my job.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;” Whatsoever includes things outside of “my job.”
Before doing our pleasure, we should practice a servant’s spirit by asking a parent or sibling, “Can I help you with anything right now?” We will most likely get an answer!
Sometimes, our pleasures drown our desire to do what we need to do. If such is the case, we need to set goals (such as: do not check email until ____ is done, do not call friends until after 2:00, etc.). Part of the joy of doing pleasures is knowing that we have all of our duties finished and are truly enjoying “free” time – not stolen time.
~Keep the top priority
Above all other projects, pleasures, and duties, we must remember to give part of our day to God. Bible reading, Bible memorization, Bible study, and prayer are all necessities that must never be neglected. If we are having a hard time squeezing them into our schedule, then we need to rearrange our schedule.
What are some things that have helped you to manage your time more wisely? Please share them in a comment!