Work Life Balance 2

God said, “Be fruitful and multiply”. He never said, “Be busy”. Most of us have wondered at different times whether we were achieving the right balance of work and the rest of our life ie family, relaxation/hobbies; and whether we are spending enough time doing things for God. You cannot bear much fruit in life if you cannot use the time God has given you wisely.

Time is the one resource that God has given everyone equally:24 hours a day.

This is the concluding part of Work life balance

5. Prioritize: Have a plan for your life, a plan for your year, a plan for your month, a plan for your week, a plan for your day. Do not just float along, letting life happen to you. Write down your plans for development in every aspect of your life: Career/work, spiritual, family, social, mental and emotional. If you have a good plan and stick to it, you will avoid the imbalance of spending too much time at work, in church activities, and yes, in family oriented stuff. I am sure you probably know a few people (especially women, I must say) who are wrapped up in their family to the exclusion of everything else. Decide early on what is important and what is not. Decide what is urgent and what is not. Do the important urgent things first, and then turn your attention to the important, non urgent things. If it is unimportant, ask yourself if you should be doing it at all!

6. Avoid the danger of “busyness”: I define “busyness” as, “a lifestyle of frenetic activity not pursuing purpose, which leads to frustration in the life of the busy person”. Do not define your life by how busy you are. Define it by how fruitful your life is and whether you are really doing the things you want to do; things that God would have you do. Are you so busy you have not called your mother in three years? Are you so busy you have not had a vacation in 5 years? Are you so busy you have not “had the time” to see a doctor for a health check? Are you so busy that you regularly leave your home before your children wake up and return after they are already in bed? At the end of your life, you are not going to ask to see your bank balance, or your boss; and you are not going to wish you spent more time being busy.

7. Do not “kill time”: Have you ever heard people say (or maybe you have said it yourself): “I am just killing time”. Never, ever be “just killing time”. Your time is your life. If you have 30 minutes between meetings for instance, do something meaningful with it. Call your mother, read your Bible, pay some bills online, take a nap, pray a while to reconnect with God. The point is, do not just sit around consciously wasting time away. It is time you will never get back.

Conclusion:

To be fruitful in life, living our purpose and doing all that God would have us do, we all have to learn to live with balance in the area of time management.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sand66
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 08:58:15

    This all boils down to asking god to lead you by his spirit, so you are able to make correct decisions when it comes to balancing all the different facets of life.

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  2. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 16:43:13

    You spoke to my heart today..I have been practicing the spiritual discipline of “intention” – intentionally planning my life around my Spiritual life “reconnecting” with God. Planning is easy, following through is more difficult – it is my lack of discipline that leads me to kill time – doing unproductive things. So I will copy your article – as a “kiss from God” reminding me to intentionally spend my time “To be fruitful in (my) life, living our (my) purpose and doing all that God would have us (me) do,” learning to live a balanced life. Blessings! Patty

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