Time Budgeting

About Time

Busyness seems to be the overarching culture of our life these days. We never have enough time to do all that is expected. This often leads to disappointment, guilt, and even compromised health and relationships. How do we solve this problem?

Our God is a reasonable Father.  While He delegates to us the stewardship of our time He expects us to be reasonable in our expectations of ourselves and others. Renowned philosopher C. S. Lewis wrote, “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things.” This is reflected in how we budget, prioritize and invest our time.

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How do you do this?  

Click here for a simple time budgeting tool.

About Leaders’ Time:

Leaders may consider another way as they examine how and where they invest their work and ministry time. Leadership responsibilities may be illustrated in three types of roles. All of these roles are important and good. The attached diagram highlights them in three groups:

  • Doing Ministry: This includes tasks and activities that you need to undertake to get the work and ministry accomplished.
  • Administration of Ministry: This includes tasks and activities that you need to undertake to ensure the smooth operation and/or oversight of the ministry.
  • Equipping the Saints for Ministry: This includes tasks and activities where leaders delegate, build, empower and equip others so they can do the work of ministry.

The key question is, at this stage of your work and ministry life, what percentage of time should you dedicate to each of these? The Venn diagram highlights that these three categories often overlap. This may make it hard to develop a clear-cut definition of what tasks or activities fall in which category. This requires frequent, honest, personal and prayerful examination and adjustments.

About Replenishment:

Another way to illustrate how we use our time is using two sides of a bank account where there are deposits and withdrawals. Many work and ministry activities can take the form of withdrawals. For this reason, it is critical to ensure that leaders include appropriate activities to nourish their spiritual vitality, restore their physical wellbeing and replenish their emotional bank account. To avoid the risks of high overdraft costs and their related consequences, such activities should be the top priority for managing leadership time.

Wise Words:

There is an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.  Ecclesiastes 3:1

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