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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Shilongo

Time Management Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Day.

Hello beautiful soul. Have you ever felt like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? Whether it has to do with your schoolwork, spending time with your friends and family members, spending time with God praying, listening to Him and reading the scriptures or perhaps engaging in a recreational hobby? You just can’t seem to juggle and manage your time well. 

Trust me, I've been there more times than I can count.

What if you could manage your time better and achieve more with less stress?

In this article, we’ll explore practical time management tips to help you make the most of your day. If you practice these strategies, they will surely bring order to your schedule, and you will find more peace and productivity through God's guidance.

Toria Indie in the office feeling overwhelmed with a lot of work
Toria Indie in the office feeling overwhelmed with a lot of work

So, what is Effective Time Management? Effective time management has to do with making the most of the time you have. It involves organizing and planning your time so that you can accomplish your tasks efficiently and without feeling overwhelmed. 

It has to do with prioritizing what's truly important and aligning your actions with your goals and values.

Start with creating a vision board, ask God to give you a revelation of what your souls blueprint is and what your mandate here on this earthly realm is and follow that. Let it be your guiding compass.

Listen! stop wasting your precious time in meaningless pursuits, our time here is limited, and time is one of the commodities we do not have an abundance of.

Why Time Management Matters.

Well, you know that time is a precious gift from God, right?

Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us, "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."

By managing our time well, we honor this gift and make the most of the opportunities God gives us. 

Effective time management allows us to:

  • Reduce stress by being organized and prepared.

  • Achieve our goals and fulfil our responsibilities.

  • Make time for rest and our relationships with family and friends.

  • Stay focused on what truly matters, including our relationship with God.

The most common areas include:

  • School Work: If you have a big project due, breaking it down into smaller tasks and allocating time each day to work on it can help you avoid last-minute stress.

  • Creative Work or Purpose Work: If you’re passionate about writing or creating art, setting aside specific times to work on your projects ensures that you make consistent progress without neglecting other responsibilities.

  • Home Life: Planning and preparing meals in advance can save time and reduce daily stress. Tidy up your living space daily to avoid the accumulation of clutter.

  • Relationships: Scheduling time to spend with family and friends helps maintain strong, healthy relationships.

Here are some Practical Time Management Techniques

Prioritizing Tasks with a To-Do List Start by making a to-do list. Write down everything you need to do, and then prioritize the tasks based on importance and deadlines. Proverbs 16:3 tells us, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." This approach helps you focus on what’s most important and ensures that you don’t forget essential tasks.

Using Time-Blocking to Schedule Your Day Time-blocking involves dividing your day into blocks of time, each dedicated to a specific task or activity. This method helps you stay focused and ensures that you allocate time for everything that matters.

For example:

  • School Work: Block out time each day to study or complete homework.

  • Creative Work: Dedicate specific times during the week to work on your creative projects.

  • Home Life: Schedule time for household chores, meal prep, and family activities.

  • Relationships: Set aside time for phone calls, meetups, or quality time with loved ones.

Eliminating Distractions and Staying Focused Distractions are one of the enemy’s tools and tactics to steal our time. Social media (Eish, this one is the most lethal one, just a few minutes ago I found myself scrolling away on Youtube shorts, yikes), unnecessary tasks, and even procrastination can divert our attention from what’s important. Identify your distractions and find ways to minimize them.

 For example, you can:

  • Turn off notifications on your phone while working, better yet keep your phone in another room while you are busy studying or working.

  • Create a designated study or workspace free from distractions. Invest in a desk and comfortable chair with all your stationery ready at all times, to avoid the time you require to set up. keep it neat.

  • Set specific times for checking social media and stick to them daily. Put yourself up to the challenge.

Simple Techniques to Organize Your Time Effectively Create a daily schedule that includes study time, breaks, and leisure activities. Stick to your schedule as much as possible but be flexible enough to adjust when necessary. You won’t always get it right at the beginning. 

It has been a game changer for me after I started creating a daily schedule that includes work time, breaks, and leisure activities. When I follow this plan, I feel more accomplished and less stressed, and I get to be in my creative energy which in turn keeps me feeling fulfilled and on track. Guess what, so can you.

Staying Consistent and Adjusting as Needed

  • Reviewing and Adjusting Your Schedule Regularly It’s important to review your schedule on a regular basis and make adjustments as needed. This helps you stay aligned with your goals and commitments. For example, if you notice that you’re spending too much time on a particular task and neglecting others, you can always adjust your schedule to create a better balance.

  • Learning to Say No to Non-Essential Tasks Sometimes, we need to say no to things that don’t align with our priorities. It’s okay to decline invitations or tasks that will distract you from your main goals. For example, if you have a big exam coming up, it might be necessary to say no to a social event to focus on studying.

  • Rewarding Yourself for Staying on Track Give yourself small rewards for sticking to your schedule and accomplishing your tasks. This can be a great motivator to stay consistent. For example, after completing a challenging project, treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a favorite snack or a fun activity. 

Redeeming Time Effectively Using God’s Principles and Smart Strategies

  • Spending Time with God Start your day with prayer and meditation. Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek ye first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Spending time with God helps you gain clarity and direction for the day.

  • Fasting and Reflection Fasting can help you focus on God and seek His guidance. It also helps increase your discipline and endurance. You become an unstoppable force when you can control your flesh and it's desires. Isaiah 58:6 reminds us of the power of fasting: "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?"

  • Avoiding Procrastination Procrastination often stems from fear or lack of motivation. Philippians 4:13 encourages us, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Trust in God’s strength to help you start and complete tasks.

  • Staying Healthy Taking care of your body through proper nutrition, exercise, and rest is essential. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit...Therefore honour God with your bodies."

Actionable Tips for you to follow

  1. Daily Devotions: Start each day with prayer and reading scripture to set a positive tone for the day.

  2. Set Clear Goals: Define what you want to achieve each day and prioritize your tasks.

  3. Break Tasks into Smaller Steps: Manage big projects by breaking them down into manageable parts.

  4. Minimize Distractions: Identify your distractions and create strategies to avoid them.

  5. Reflect and Adjust: Regularly review your progress and make necessary adjustments.

I honestly still struggle with time management from time to time, especially when I procrastinate, and something internally is not aligned with my spirit. I tend to feel disorganized and not fit spiritually, mentally and physically, which is why I have seen that it's important for me to maintain my body weight and increase my endurance level by fasting and tapping into God's guidance for my life.

I tend to not sleep enough hours after not organizing my thoughts and having a clear vision of what I would like to do and achieve.

If I don't plan and prepare in advance, it has caused me to be late to engagements and neglect my schoolwork due to time constraints.

I've learned that spending time meditating with our Heavenly Father helps me gain clarity of purpose and receive revelations on what I need to focus on. It helps me plan and prepare better. There have been days when I would get late to church or not accomplish all my tasks on time such as creating content. 

I discovered that the enemy often distracts us from doing important tasks by making us focus on non-essential activities. Identifying and eliminating these distractions is crucial for effective time management.

By implementing these time management strategies and seeking God's guidance, I've been able to better manage my time and reduce stress. I encourage you to try these tips and see how they can transform your daily routine.

Try this

Start using a to-do list and time-blocking for a week and see the difference it makes. Uh, recently I learned from my manager, Mr. Nekayi to do things right away and not put them off for later.

I would really love to know which of these practical strategies resonate with you the most in the comment section down below.

Remember to commit your plans to God and seek His guidance first.

Closing Thought

Time is a gift; use it wisely for the glory of Jesus Christ. Proverbs 19:21 reminds us, "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."

Remember, you are not alone. With God's help and these practical strategies, you can manage your time effectively and lead a more peaceful, productive, and fulfilling life.

As always, remain faithful. I love you.


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