Time. We all have the same amount of it each day, but how do we spend it? Do we invest our time wisely or do we squander it? When your life is over, what will you be remembered for? Will you simply be a dash between two dates of history, or will you be remembered as one who made an impact on the world?
Next Generation Mentoring Time Tracking
During the month of April in my Next Generation Mentoring Group, I recorded and analyzed my time in 30 minute increments for 30 days. The focus was on learning where I spent my time and then reporting to the group what I plan on doing differently in the future to "redeem the time."
Time Tracking Key Scripture Verses and Resources
In addition to time tracking, we read Ordering Your Private World, by Gordon MacDonald. The book focuses on what the author considers the five sectors of an individual’s private world, including motivation, time, wisdom and knowledge, spiritual strength, and restoration. Two scripture versus were also memorized for content, context, and application:
- Renewing your mind (Romans 12:2)
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is; his good, pleasing, and perfect will."
- Time management (Ephesians 5:15-16)
Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."
Time Tracking Conclusions
I was able to come to several conclusions through time tracking, reading Ordering Your Private World
, and key scripture memorization. First, I'm learning to recognize the difference and (hopefully) move from "drivenness" to "calledness." I'm engaging in regular self-examination to assure that the plans that I'm making, the leadership I'm giving, and the goals I'm setting are more in alignment with calledness than drivenness. Second, I'm becoming more aware of the opportunity costs of my activities. For example, I spent almost 10% of my waking hours in April working on home improvement projects while only 8% in candidate interviews (Phil Mickelson doesn't cut his own grass - he's out hitting golf balls and hires a yard guy). Finally, I'm beginning to setup guardrails to ensure proper rest and regeneration time. Peace, silence, solitude, and the Sabbath are gifts and I must take time to receive them.