Time Management

Social Distancing 101 and Time Management

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Bored yet? Going stir crazy? Tired of Netflix or gaming yet?

These are real questions for everyone during this unique time in our history. So, how are you using your time wisely during this ‘extended’ Spring Break / online classes?  Being a good steward? 

Here are a few pro tips for ya in stewarding your time:

  1. Set a daily schedule - I’ve seen lots of moms creating daily schedules for their kids during this time.  I encourage you to do the same.  Physically write on paper or on your phone a daily map for your day.  The old rule in budgeting money of telling your money where it will go versus your money doing so applies with our time as well.  Here are a couple bullet point things to map out:
  • Wake up at a decent hour. Don’t sleep away your precious time.  
  • Go to bed at a decent hour. Pretend you have to get up for that 9am class, and get up. (notice I didn’t suggest an 8am class…sleep in a bit!)
  • Schedule school / study time. It’s all going to be online classes for the next few weeks, might as well start now.
  • Exercise!  Take care of that body. Walk/run/move…just don’t hunker down for the next few weeks and be a slug. 

2.  Invest a lot of this “extra time” in things that will benefit and grow you in the long run. At the end of this world crisis do you hope to have leveled up to the max level in your video game or binged watched ‘The Office’ for the third time?  Please hear me, nothing wrong with gaming and Netflix…I enjoy both.  But consider using your time wisely.  Here are a couple ideas:

  • Read a book. I read this quote last year and I think it has some really good wisdom in it: “You are the same today that you are going to be five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read.”  Since we’ve been encouraged to practice social distancing, crack open a really good book and read. 
  • Learn something new. One of my goals this semester is to learn something new about something.  I love my coffee so I began to study up on everything coffee.  What’s something you’ve wanted to learn about and grow knowledge in?

3.  Be deep in God’s word - So many times in talking with college students and challenging them to be deep in the word I tend to hear “I’m too busy” or “I don’t know how”.  Now is the time because you have more time.  My colleague, Paul Worcester, wrote a great article entitled “The Mission is Not Canceled”. Here’s a link to this.  One of his points is to go deeper in discipleship, and I could not agree more.  THIS is a great season to be deep in God’s word, prayer and discipleship.  Not sure where to read or how to study the Bible?  Let’s FaceTime or Google Hangout and walk through that together.  

We are living in unique times, my friends- moments and opportunities to engage with others about life, faith and destiny.  Let’s do what 1 Peter 3:15 instructs us to do. 

 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”

Jeff Prosser is the University Pastor at Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green, KY.

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