Time Management 1

Series: Time Management
Presenter: Chuck Gianotti

Time management begins with setting goals for our lives. This module shows the importance of developing a plan for managing one’s time well and learning to set goals.



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Remember It

1. Which Old Testament person shows us the importance of setting our ultimate mission/goal in life (and where is it found)? What is a New Testament example of the same thing?
Joshua in Joshua 24:15, Paul in Phil. 3:10
2. What are two key aspects of managing our time well?
Setting goals and managing our time to reach those goals.
3. How did Paul’s life mission of “knowing Him” affect his tangible goals in ministry?
Since he knew that God loved the lost, he set tangible plans to travel around the Mediterranean Sea, even as far as Spain, to share the good news of the gospel.

Discuss It

  1. Describe your life on a scale of 1 (lots of free time) to 10 (super busy) how busy you are? How do you think it compares with other elders or leaders?
  2. Could too much goal setting and planning hinder the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit? Will we be crowding Him out by too much organization in our lives? What do you think?
  3. What is your biggest change in goal setting and managing your time?

Apply It

  1. The first step in managing one’s time is to chart out how one is actually using his time. For one week (better yet, two weeks), chart your time usage in 30 minute increments, beginning from when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep at night. Use a spread sheeting on the computer or you can use the sample form we have included in this material (see above under "Supporting Resources"). Determine ahead of time the categories you would like to track. For example, sleeping, eating/personal hygiene, prayer, bible reading/studying, meetings, work, driving, etc. At the end of your week, tally up how much time spent in the main categories of your typical activities. Determine the actual time spend in each category of activity, and the percentage of your weekly time spent. What have you discovered about how you have spent your time? This exercise anticipates and prepares you for the next segment of this presentation.