“It’s About Time” by Craig Groeschel

Yesterday I enjoyed the Catalyst One Day event in Austin with our Gateway team.

Craig Groeschel shared the following insightful message:

“How do we overcome struggles in time management?

If you want to have a strong marriage, raise Christ centered children, and lead a God-honoring organization – you must learn to manage your time wisely.

The result of poor time management is well intentioned leaders consistently allowing the urgent to overwhelm the important.

To wisely steward our time:

1. Schedule your values.

Wise time management doesn’t mean doing more but doing more of what matters most.

The difference between the values you embrace and the life you live equals the frustration you experience.

Quit making excuses! We have everything we need to do everything we are called to do.

Teens spend 11 hours a day connected to a screen. Remove time from screens to do what is most important.

Plan your ministry around your family values.

2. Say no to many small things to say yes to a few big things.

To reach people no one is reaching requires doing things that no one is doing.

The barrier to a meaningful life is not a lack of commitment but overcommitment.

If the devil cannot make you bad, he will make you busy.

Busyness does not necessarily equal importance, productivity, or meaning in life.

Instead of “can we do this?” Ask “should we do this?”

In light of…., is this wise?

“Whenever you say yes to anything, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less.” – Louie Giglio

3. Create artificial deadlines for increased effectiveness.

Example: finishing messages on Wed instead of Sunday mornings

Creating Artificial Deadlines Helps in the following ways:

  • Make decisions faster. Force a decision in a moment to get at what’s in your heart. Often we have the info we need, but we just start stalling.
  • Delegate what others could do.
  • Eliminates what you shouldn’t do.

Vacation principle – we get more done before a vacation because we shift into deciding, delegating, and eliminating.

Better results come with a sharper focus.

4. Empower others as if your future depends on it – because it does.

“If someone can do something 80% as well as you, let them do it now.” – John Maxwell

Maybe even at 60% if they are growing in

If you delegate tasks, you will be followers. If you delegate authority, you will build leaders.

Start a “To Don’t” List!

5. You’ve got one shot to raise your kids!”

Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT) –

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.”

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