Time is Short, Use it Wisely

I’ve been thinking about time a lot lately.  The Bible says that our time is limited and therefore we need to manage our time effectively.

Psalm 90:12 12Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. TLB

Time must be managed.  You have to make a plan for your time.

Here’s what I’ve learned. How you manage your time determines your quality of life.  Even more important.  How you manage your time determines your life’s quality.

Paul had less time than most of us will get. He was beheaded on the Ostian Way outside of Rome.  Most think he was in his late 50’s early 60’s.  What did Paul do with his time?

Changed the world.

How he used his time determined his life’s quality.

How can you make better use of your time?  I came across a story years ago that really helped me with this.  Charles M. Schwab was the flamboyant president of Bethlehem Steel.  No relation to Charles R. Schwab who founded the brokerage firm. Schwab wanted to find a way to make his company more productive.  Enter Ivy Lee. Lee was the son of a Methodist minister, a graduate of Princeton.  He was one of the first public relations advisors ever known.  He came to Schwab with a simple solution.

Every morning take a blank piece of paper and write down everything you need to do that day.  Then order them in priority from one on down.  Now, work on the first thing until it is completed.  Don’t worry if you don’t finish your list that day, just take what wasn’t done and move it to the top of your list the next day . Do this for a couple of weeks and then share it with your managers and get them doing it. When you are satisfied write me a check for what my advice was worth.

A month later Schwab wrote Ivy Lee a check for $25,000. That was the late 1920’s. Adjusted for inflation that amount would be at least ten times higher. Closer to 200,000 by today’s standards.

A simple solution to managing time.  I started doing it 20 years ago. Every morning I get a yellow pad and write my list and then prioritize it. Some days I can only finish two or three things. But every day I finish something.

Psalm 90:12 12Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.

Time is short. Use it wisely.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ed Justice says:

    Brother Bill,

    Elsie and I used to have all the time in the world to do the things we wanted to do. And we were blessed to be able to do most of them.

    Now time is finite and we don’t know how much time we have left to share. So we work hard to make each day count and I just wanted you to know how important your daily devotionals are to us. Each morning I read the day’s devotional to her and we share our ideas and thoughts of the devotional. More and more it is becoming the one part of the day that Elsie is able to communicate to me at a meaningful level.

    We look forward every morning to the devotional

    thank you



    1. Bill Dye says:

      Thank you Ed. That means so much to me. Praying for you and Elsie


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