Time is said to be our most precious commodity. Once it’s gone, it can never be recovered. Therefore, I want to encourage you in 2018 to spend your time wisely. Do everything you can to avoid time squandering activities and people who waste your precious time. Today, I simply want to share with you three commonly known ways we waste valuable time each day.
- Checking emails, text messages, and social media too frequently waste valuable time. When you allow yourself to be constantly bombarded with electronic notifications, it becomes difficult to get important tasks done. I like the advice given in Proverbs 4:25 which states, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” In other words, don’t allow yourself to become sidetracked by electronic distractions. I encourage you to turn your notifications off and set designated times throughout the day to check your electronic devices.
- Poor Planning waste valuable time. One of the most common things that waste time in society today is starting our day or any important project without any forethought. It’s hard to be productive when you really don’t know where to start or what needs to be done. The Bible says it best in Proverbs 21:5, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” A wise person always schedules time to prepare for the next project or activity on their agenda.
- Too many interruptions and distractions throughout the day waste valuable time. I am a firm believer that too much unnecessary socializing can ruin your productivity. When you have a steady stream of well-meaning family, friends, colleagues, and clients always monopolizing your time with unscheduled phone calls, text messages, and chit-chat sessions, you will never get your to-do list done. I like what the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible but not everything is constructive.” Always remember, when it comes to people disturbing your productivity. It’s not that the conversations are bad or that the people have any ill intent. The problem is that the interruption is not beneficial for you at the time, because it negatively impacts your concentration and gets you off of schedule.
Yes, time is our most valuable commodity. Once it is gone, you can never reclaim it. That’s why I believe in 2018 it is imperative for us to eliminate the things in our life that waste precious time. I leave you with Moses’ prayer found in Psalms 90:12, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”