Be Productive not Just Busy (A lesson on Time management)

 Abraham Lincoln once said “Time is everything; please act in view of this.”

Abraham Lincoln once said “Time is everything; please act in view of this.”

Let’s pretend for a moment that your bank told you that they were opening a new account for you and that every morning they were going to credit the account $1,440.  The only condition to the account is that whatever amount you didn’t use each day would be taken out of your account.  No balance would ever be carried over!  In other words “use it, or lose it.”  What would you do?  Of course, you would take every dollar out and use it to your best advantage.

There is such a bank that deposits into your account, except it isn’t money they deposit it is time.  Every day of your life there is 1,440 minutes placed into your life.  Whatever number of minutes we fail to invest is lost forever.  Time is an amazing thing because it is completely an equal opportunity lender…every day, every person will get the same amount of time…what you choose to do with that time is up to you.

Here are three things you can do this week to begin maximizing your time:

1) Be time conscious – Abraham Lincoln once said “Time is everything; please act in view of this.”  Time is everything and what you make of it matters.  You need to have a simple awareness of time.  It is easy to squander it throughout the day on projects that don’t help you reach your objectives, on co-workers who just want to shoot the breeze or re-organizing your office because you lack organization to begin with.  Be more time conscious and it will help you to manage it better.

2) Choose the most productive projects – Often I find myself having to choose between what is good for my life and what is best for my life.  I may be asked to do something, speak somewhere or be a part of a board or committee.  When approached on these subjects I ask myself “Is this the best thing for my life right now.”  You see the project may be a good one; it just might not be the best one for me.  Know what you want, what you need to accomplish and choose the most effective way to get there.

3) Place deadlines on yourself – One of the greatest tools I have learned is to write down what I need to get done, what date I need to get it done by and then I have someone hold me accountable to that list.  Often this can be done through a staff member or a colleague. By placing a deadline on your projects and by someone holding you accountable you will force yourself to monitor your time more efficiently.
Once again, remember that time is your most precious commodity, use it wisely, for when it passes it will never return again.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen

“Time is like a coin, spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.”                                                                             Lillian Dickson

Chris Sonksen is a celebrated Motivational Speaker and Published Author; the Lead Pastor at one of America’s fastest growing churches (South Hills Church in Corona California); and the founding member of Celera Church Strategy Group. Celera offers pastor support, teaching, training and mentoring programs that equip pastors who want to learn how to grow church attendance through evangelism using proven church growth techniques.


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on June 4, 2009, in Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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