WE ALL NEED MORE TIME, but 24 hours a day is as good as it gets.
So how do you get to the end of the day without the nagging feeling that you should’ve done more: slept more, written more, prayed more, studied more, played more? The answer is a time budget. If you and I put as much discipline into budgeting our time as millionaires put into budgeting their wealth, we’d get more done with less.
Check out these legend principles and create your time budget today (there's a picture of my time budget below). Let us know how it’s worked out for you.
1. Start with Priorities: Your priorities represent the promises you have made to yourself and to God--the promises you have to keep no matter what. Listing these at the top of your time budget helps you spend your day doing what’s most important.
2. Count the Costs: Decide how much time to allot to each priority in a typical day and write it down (I use tally marks). Identify a deadline or goal and then work backwards.
3. Make a Plan: Now that you have your goals in front of you, plan your day. The key here is to write it out and post the plan in a place where you can view it throughout the day.
4. Stay Nimble: When the unexpected happens, stay cool. Refer to your priorities and adjust your plan accordingly. Example 1: If I get the flu and need to take time away from writing my book, that’s ok. Health is a top priority for me so staying in bed long enough to heal takes precedence. Example 2: If a friend calls with a free ticket to the Vikings game when I am supposed to be with my writing group, it is not ok for me skip writing time.
5. Consider Your Buddies: If you are constantly running out of time, chances are you are hanging out with people who could also stand to read this blog. In the life of a legend there is no such thing as “free” time--even rest has a line in the time budget. Seek out people who have mastered time management and encourage your friends to join you.