Have You Seen My Time? - Some Resources on Getting Things Done
"Hi, my name is Chad, and I am a time-loser." Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel the crunch of too many things to do and not enough time to do them in? Or, do you ever feel exasperated at having almost zero personal or spare time? Scripture tells us to "redeem the time," and we are to be efficient with out time, working hard and getting good things done. On the other hand, one of the Ten Commandments is to "keep the Sabbath," which is a principle we often forget and ignore in our zest for filling every day with activity. But we need rest! You know it and your body, mind, and soul know it!
We often say, "time is money," but it is much more than that. Money can be put in the bank and saved for a rainy day. Time cannot. It must spent moment by moment, second by second, day by day. This is really about getting things done, not time management, because you can't manage time, you can only use it.
I am certainly no expert at getting things done, in fact, I really, really struggle with this. However, as a pilgrim on this journey of life and work I am trying to learn. I want to point you to a few good resources that I use to help keep me motivated, learning, and growing when it comes to the spending of my time. Hopefully, we can help one another!
Here are some of the most oft-recommended books on the subject. I've got the first two, and would like have the other two as well. That's what a wishlist is for.
- Getting Things Done by David Allen, also his other books.
- First Things First by Stephen Covey
- Redeeming the Time by Leland Ryken
- Time Management From the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
- The Simple Dollar often has articles related to how we use our time, in addition to tons of stuff on personal finance and frugality.
- What's Best Next is all about how we use our time, manage projects, and more.
A FEW KEY ARTICLES & LECTURES
- The late Randy Pausch, of the Last Lecture fame, also did a very, very useful presentation on time management.
- The Simple Dollar had a very helpful post recently on the subject under Most Time Management is Rubbish, Here are Ten Things That Work for Me.
- CJ Mahaney, a pastor and leader in the Sovereign Grace movement, has done a wonderful series on goals and time management on his blog including these posts: Are You Busy?, Confessions of a Procrastinator, Just Do It, In All Thy Ways, The Sluggard, Time. Redeemed, Roles, Goals, Scheduling, Roles (Part 1), Roles (Part 2), Goals (Part 2), Goals (Part 3), Goals (Part 4), Scheduling the Unexpected, The To-Do Lists Are Never Done, and the most recent Self-Sufficient.
- And we regularly need reminded that there is really but one needful thing. This post from Desiring God reminds us of that: Enthralled.
I will be following this article up with more tidbits on priorities, spending time, and getting things done.