Time management is an important skill for any leader.
Have you ever heard the excuse “I don’t have the time”…or have YOU ever used the excuse “I don’t have the time”?
Changing your vocabulary is a step in the right direction.
This is one of those sly ways of trying to make people view you differently or to make it seem as if you are busy or avoid doing things that must get done.
Why didn’t you finish that report/why is it so bad….I didn’t have time.
Why weren’t you able to meet up with your student ministry leaders….I didn’t have time.
Why weren’t you able to construct a better sermon…I didn’t have time.
Why weren’t you able to go to your kids soccer game…I didn’t have time.
Time management is a difficult thing to master, but by changing your language you can identify the areas in your life that you can cut out or recognize the areas that need to receive your attention.
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.
Fascinating Wall Street Journal Article on being busy.
If your life is like anyone else in this world attempting to move a project forward, lead a ministry, manage your family or maybe all three….you lead a busy life.
Time is limited, but how we spend it reveals what are the priorities in our life.
Stop lying to those around you and yourself.
There is a solution and its simple.
Solution=Change your vocabulary.
This may not be the end all of solutions, but it is a great place to start.
This however requires HONESTY.
If you are not willing to be honest that you just spent the last two hours on Facebook at work, nothing will change.
If you continue saying to your spouse that she is important but you stay at the office till 2am, nothing will change.
Language is important! I don’t think I realized how important it was until I moved to a country where I could not communicate with people at the same level I had been doing in America.
We avoid this because we could see it as tactless, or we enjoy looking “busy”.
By honestly assigning our time and accurately depicting our schedule, it allows you and the person your communicating with to have a clear understanding of reality.
By clearly revealing where your priorities are you can adjust your schedule appropriately and begin spending time to make certain people, tasks, and teams your priority.
What benefits can you see that would happen if you changed your vocabulary from “I don’t have time” to “It’s not a priority”?