Earlier, Joel, 25, talked to us about what he’s learned about stewarding his time. Here’s a list of practical steps that have been key for him:
Fill your bucket.
Start keeping track of your time to see if you are wasting it. Either keep track of what you actually do, or set a schedule and see how and where you miss the mark.
Set your priorities once you know how much time you actually have: Decide what the five most important things are in your life.
Be prepared for what you have to do.
Plan to have downtime where you can do anything you want. If you live in Seattle, have plans for sunny days. (Not being ironic, here.)
Pick people to invest in and ask them or others to invest in you.
Get around someone who’s in that next stage of life. Figuring out what you want to do is sometimes as simple as talking to someone who’s doing it.
Here’s what part of Joel’s Ideal Week schedule looks like. (FYI, he gets up most days between 7 and 9 am. “P&T” is his job, in the Preaching & Theology department here at Mars Hill.) Click on the image to view in full: