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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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Repost: Vocation – How God Prepared David to Battle Goliath

This week, I’m going on vacation with my family. I thought I’d take this opportunity to republish some old posts from the previous year that I like and thought were worthwhile. Feel free to leave comments on the original posts. I hope you enjoy these, and I’ll be back with brand, spanking new posts next week.

Often, a particular post is one of my favorites because it’s something that God is continually showing me. That’s certainly the case with Vocation: How God Prepared David to Battle Goliath. These are truths I’ve had to constantly remind myself of.

We are called to pursue excellence in all the stewardships that God has given us. We tend to neglect the smaller areas that we feel aren’t as glamorous – but if we aren’t faithful in those “small” tasks, how can we ask for God’s blessings in other areas of our life?

I want to continue that thought today by taking another look at one of the most well-known biblical stories. God worked through seemingly insignificant responsibilities to prepare David for greater things.

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The Secret to Taking a Sabbath Day of Rest

The pace of our society is go, go, go. All day, every day, we’re battling with our to-do lists.

So the idea of resting for one day each week seems like a quaint, old-fashioned ideal that you’d see in a Norman Rockwell painting.

We know that we should have a day of rest, but our schedules just don’t allow it right now. Maybe someday. But this week? Seven days of work aren’t enough – how can we possibly take a day off?

But there’s one powerful mindset change that can revolutionize how we approach a day of rest. It can make that elusive Sabbath day a reality.

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How to Avoid the Biggest Mistake in Prioritization

Almost any task you could take up has some value.

Working serves others and provides an income. Time with family grows relationships and expresses love. Evenings with friends cultivate community. Devotional time nourishes our spirit. Even leisure is a blessed time of needed rejuvenation.

But this can lead us to a dangerous mistake in our prioritization.

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Why Covey’s Big Rocks Illustration Is Wrong

Covey's Big Rocks

You may have heard of Stephen Covey’s (author of First Things First) prioritization system. He stresses the need for us to differentiate the truly important from the merely urgent.

To be sure, Covey has contributed a lot of great thinking on how to manage our time well. But there are some areas where I think people misunderstand his points.

And although it’s a nice conversation piece, I think Covey’s famous “big rocks” illustration leads people in the wrong direction.

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How to Survive Working Long Hours

Survive Long Work Hours

In the last podcast episode, I talked about why I think it’s biblically acceptable to occasionally work long hours. A lot of people may initially bristle when they hear that, so I encourage you to go take a listen.

I wanted to continue that subject today with some practical tips on how to keep the rest of our lives intact when we do have to work long hours.

With a little wisdom, we can do our best to avoid any damage to our relationships, our physical health, or our other priorities.

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Sometimes You Have to Work Long Hours – Episode 6

Working Long Hours

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Things have been pretty hectic for me lately, and I’ve been working some long hours.

Is that a problem? Is that biblically acceptable?

After discussing rest in the last episode, it seemed appropriate to discuss some perspectives on work in this episode.

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The Enemy of Prayer Isn’t Busyness

Pray Messy

In our modern culture, one of the primary barriers we have to effective prayer is simply being too busy. Or so we think.

In A Praying Life, Paul E. Miller provides two keen insights into breaking through this busyness barrier.

He calls us to examine our hearts. Then, we realize that busyness isn’t the problem. The enemy of prayer is a lack of understanding of the gospel.
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Jesus and Rest: The Master’s Way of Refocusing

Jesus and Rest

Rest has a way of refocusing us. I touched briefly on this in the last episode of the podcast (God and Rest).

When we live at a busy pace, rest is the chance for us to rejuvenate and avoid burnout. But it goes beyond that.

Rather than simply recharging us so we can tackle our work week, rest can change how we fundamentally view our lives. Rest gives us the ability to refocus.

And we see a great example of this coming from Jesus himself.

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