Work Small; Don’t Hope in the Big Blocks of Time

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There’s a trap that many people fall into. I know, because I’ve made this mistake more times than I’d like to admit.

You have a big block of available time coming up. Maybe it’s a break between semesters, a time when work is expected to slow down, or an extended vacation.

And you’re just sure that you’ll be able to get so much work done during that time.

But the break comes and goes, and the main accomplishment you have to show is a high level of frustration and disappointment.

There’s a better way.

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Gifts of Time: A Simple (Not Easy) Way to Lead Your Wife

Gifts of Time: A Simple Way to Lead Your Wife

As married men, we hear a lot about leading our families.

It’s a high calling, to be sure. But it’s problematic when we think that a high calling can only be met with grandiose and complicated actions.

For instance, one of the greatest things I’ve done to lead my wife is a simple gift of time.

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Journaling: How to Find Time to Take Time to Make Time

The following is a guest post from Yvonne Root.

How in the world do they do it? How do some people find time to flit from one event to the next, from one solved problem to the next, from one meeting to the next and still have time to greet the family and pet the dog?

Even if you believe that you can acquire a new skill in “only” 10,000 hours, where in the world are you going to find those hours?

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God’s Blessing in Busyness – Episode 11

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There’s real pain in busyness and stress. Naturally, we want to escape that pain as quickly as possible. But don’t be so eager to reduce stress that you miss the blessings God could have for you in the midst of your pain.

Although these times of stress aren’t caused by God, our sovereign God uses everything (even the results of our own sins) for our ultimate good – transforming us to be more like Christ.

So take some time to consider your busyness and your stress. What could God be trying to say to you in the midst of this storm?

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How to Count the Cost of Learning Time Management

Count the Cost of Learning Time Management

Acquiring a new skill is costly.

There is an initial expenditure of time, energy, and potentially money to become proficient at something new. In the area of time management, it ironically takes a lot of time and effort to learn how to save time and effort.

And this is where a lot of people make a logical, yet damaging, mistake.

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Maybe Your Boss Isn’t the Enemy

Maybe Your Boss Is Not the Enemy

It’s tough to manage all our competing priorities.

We don’t want to let ourselves down – and we don’t want to let others down. And it seems that others have unrealistic and unfair expectations of us.

Maybe their expectations are unfair – but maybe, just maybe, they’re not the enemy.

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The Key to Christian Productivity: Character (Infographic)

With the rise of Pinterest and with Facebook graphic sharing becoming increasingly more common, I thought it might be worthwhile to do some infographic posts. Feel free to share, and let me know if you think these are worth doing. Perhaps it will become a regular feature.

The Key to Christian Productivity is Character

Developing a Reading Strategy

Developing a Reading Strategy

We’ve looked at how to find time to read. But that’s only part of the battle.

It’s good to read more, but we also want to read well. We want to think about what we read and how we read it.

And a reading strategy is an invaluable tool to maximizing the benefit we receive from reading.

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How to Find Time to Read

How to Find Time to ReadReading is important.

Whether it’s platitudes like “leaders are readers” or biblical exhortations to remain studious and devoted, reading is something that most people appreciate – and something they want to do more of.

Yet it’s difficult to find time to read. Good intentions get swallowed up by the busyness of our days.

What are some ways we could read more? How can we find time to read?
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We Have Been Given a Spirit of Self-Control – Episode 10

Spirit of Self-Control

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Duration: 14:44

Once we start trying to make the most of our time, we inevitably come to realize how inconsistent and undisciplined we are. Who doesn’t want more discipline and self-control?

But Paul told Timothy that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

In this podcast episode, we’ll take a brief look at the concept of self-control and self-discipline. We’ll also talk about the link between faith and self-control.

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