Ephesians 5:16-17 “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (NIV)
We have all been guilty of using “wasted time”. Reality is, we are some busy people. The days are gone when we used to sit around the table and have conversation with the family, or open the windows to feel the cool breeze blowing on a summer’s eve.
Times have changed. There is not enough time in a day to finish everything that we started to do. Yet we complain about “wasted time” and get upset or stressed out because everything didn’t go as planned. We are so busy, but are we really being productive?
Wasted time is devoted to incomplete activities, unnecessary or stressful tasks, irrelevant meetings, or unplanned events. Our intentions are to finish a simple task, but “mind” distractions and other anxieties can spin off into many other directions.
Here are five explanations of “wasted time”:
Inability to set or stick to priorities
Unable to follow instructions simple tasks, unfocused; caught in a loop of time; spinning out of control. People in this group tend to spend too much time on trivial tasks, looping tasks (repetitive tasks), leaving important things undone. No stick-to-iveness!
Inability to say “NO”
Take on more projects than needed; fulfilling everyone else’s priorities other than your own; signing up for unnecessary meetings or functions; pushover; burned out; adrenaline rush; drained of creativity and expression. People in this group tend to take on more than they can handle instead of saying “NO, not this time!
Inability to delegate responsibilities
Unable to ask for help; unwilling to give up “control”; lack of confidence in co-workers, partner, spouse or children; the need to be in charge; make decisions but don’t take actions; control barrier; live stressful life; thrive for attention. People in this group tend to waste time on being the “hero of the day” and doing everything by themselves rather than asking for help or delegating.
Inability to throw things away
Hoarders; pack rats; holding on to clutter; collecting magazines, newspapers, junk mail, unnecessary papers on desks. People tend to waste time looking for things that are shuffled around and stuck in the desk clutter or rereading the same junk mail, moving it from one side of the desk to the other, but never thrown out. (Mayo Clinic – Hoarding Disorder Information)
Inability to accept anything less than perfection
Live a stressful life of high standards; wishy-washy; unable to finish tasks because they expect flawlessness; in pursuit of perfection; detailed; keen on finding microscopic errors; overthinking; constantly making changes; obsessive need for perfection. People in this group tend to spin the wheels in the mind, never finish a project, doing the same work over and over instead of moving on to the next task.
All of these reasons can lead to anxieties and stress. As Christians, we should seek God everyday about what His will is for our life. Colossians 4:5-6 says “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (NIV).
We must learn how to organize and simplify time wisely and allow God to direct our lives daily.
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