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Day 52 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Time Management Mandate!

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

I included an entire chapter on time management principles in, How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK. In, How to Lead by THE BOOK I will offer a time management mandate that builds upon those principles.

The time management principle most business people never learn is this: you cannot expect to prioritize your work day and manage time with any degree of proficiency until you first learn to live within the discipline of priorities in your personal life! In other words, if you live life away from the job without clear boundaries, values, and priorities, you won’t have the discipline to structure your day effectively in the workplace.

A Christian’s first and foremost priority in life is to follow the greatest commandment as Jesus spelled it out in Matthew 22:37. This is THE Time management mandate! Jeremiah 29:13 underscores and supports the importance of this focus. The reward for this diligence is spelled out in 2 Chronicles 26:5.

The benefits at work for putting God first in your personal life are many. Here is a sample:

1. You’ll value people more, and spend more time developing them as a result.

2. You’ll develop and live within the parameters of core values within your organization.

3. You’ll serve employees and customers at a higher level.

4. You will do what is right, rather than what is temporarily convenient.

An obstacle to making God a priority: The problem with most Christian business people is that they make little time for God in their daily routine. It is the halfhearted, casual interest most people have in God that makes them very vulnerable to the temptations, distractions and worries of the world around them. Jesus addressed this when he offered the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4. He referred to His word as seed that fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. He explained to His disciples that in this instance He was referring to people who hear the word, but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things chokes out their love for God, their thirst for His word, their desire to prioritize their lives in a manner that would cause them to want to seek and place Him first in their lives.

Frankly, if one cannot organize his life around the priority of knowing, loving, and seeking God first then they have little chance of being able to decide what is most important on the job. As a result, they will major in minor things, and spend minor time on the majors. By immersing themselves in a swirl of activity they will attempt to disguise the fact that they are unfocused, undisciplined, uncommitted, and unable to put first things first.

Do you want to get your act together on the job and work with more focus, efficiency, and effectiveness? You can start by getting your life together away from work by moving your walk with God from sideshow status to the main event.