There are 168 hours in one week. It does not matter where you are in your life right now…in school as a student, young adult starting a new career, a spouse with a family, a single parent or grandparent raising the grandchildren, empty nested, or retired and in your twilight years; what are you doing with the 168 hours you all have in a single week? Are you just spending the time you have or investing the time?
Harvey MacKay said, “Time is free, but it is priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
So how do you determine what should have your attention each day? What about each week? The answer should be simple…by what is most important to you at this time, this week, this day, where ever you may be. Deciding on the most important tasks of the week during a weekly review and then scheduling those tasks during the week to be completed at the most opportune time is time management at its best!
The answer to an “overloaded life” is not trying harder, but to comprehend the work we have to do with wisdom and perspective. When we have the capacity to live, give, and serve according to our priorities we experience great satisfaction with each day.
ARE YOU SPENDING OR INVESTING YOUR 168 HOURS?
It does not matter where you are in your life right now…in school as a student, young adult starting a new career, a spouse with a family, a single parent or grandparent raising the grandchildren, empty nested, retired and in your twilight years…what are you doing with the 168 hours we all have in a week. Are you just spending time or are you investing time?
Here are my numbers for my idea week:
- Sleep 53 hrs
- Vocation 46
- Car 1
- Family time 11.5
- Church Activities 11
- Chores 7.5
- Leisure 7
- Eating 10
- Personal Spiritual time 3.5
- Shower & hygiene 3.5
- Exercise 3
- Plan 4
- Study 7
- Total 168.0
INVESTING YOUR 168 HOURS
We all have been given one life and the good Lord above has filled it with resources—time, health, finances, relationships, influence, and more. How you steward these resources will determine whether or not you are successful. In other words, don’t say, “I don’t have time!” Yes you do! We all do! It’s simple…just ask yourself what are your priorities? And how you invest time shows those priorities whether you like it or not!
T I M E
- The Bible says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. Psalm 90:12
TREASURE YOUR TIME!
Treasure every moment that you have!
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift…. That’s why it’s called the “present!”
A.W. Tozer wrote:
“Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day–when it’s lost it’s unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”
- The Bible says: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil”. Ephesians 5:16
INVEST YOUR TIME!
It’s very simple—where you invest your 168 hrs is totally up to you!
The average person will spend about 56 of those hours sleeping, about 24 of those hours in eating and personal hygiene, and about 50 of those hours working or traveling to work. That means there are only about 35 hours a week of “discretionary” time left over. That’s about 5 hours per day. Where are you investing those hours? I have read one study that tells the average American watches TV for that amount of time each day!!
- The Bible says: “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” Colossians 4:5
MANAGE YOUR TIME!
Now look, we cannot manage our time but we use this concept to help us “redeem” the time!
We must manage us!! Walk in wisdom! We can’t save time or even waste it but we will use those 168 hours somehow! Focus on opportunities to invest in people and things that really matter in your life.
- The Bible says: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3
ENJOY YOUR TIME!
DON’T SPEND 168 HOURS WORKING! YOU WILL DIE A PREMATURE DEATH IF YOU DO! Enjoy your week by investing some of the 168 in activities you enjoy doing! This kind of investment pays great dividends! Life is short, so include in your 168 hours some joy-fill hours.
DO YOU NEED TO REFOCUS YOUR 168 HRS THIS WEEK? DO YOU NEED TO REDEEM THE TIME? YOU SHOULD!
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12
In my next post I will share with you my tools that I use to manage my 168.