When I was an intern in Hungary I spent two of those years working in the Bible Institute. I was excited for this position and loved it, but I found out I had a lot to learn if I was going be efficient. Fortunately, I had a wise boss who was a retired pastor and knew a lot about helping volunteers excel. And one of the most important things he taught me was how to schedule.
Once I started scheduling my work, it transformed me. I was more prepared for meetings and had a better sense of what needed to be done when. Seeing as I’m not strong in self-discipline this process is a game changer for me.
If you want to make sure something gets done, make sure it gets on your calendar.
Here’s why you need to schedule your life:
1. Never forget another meeting. Hands up if you’ve ever told someone you’re going to do something and then forgot it. *raises hand* We’ve all been there. So taking 30 seconds to write something into your calendar will save you tons of time trying to catch up when you finally do remember that item, or save you the embarrasment of having to tell the person you forgot (trust me, it’s worth it). The wonderful thing about smartphones is that most have either a voice assistant or some shortcut for adding things to your calendar.
2. See what you actually can do. If people are constantly asking you to volunteer for this or help them with that, then you definitely need a calendar. You know exactly if you can go to that party, or take an extra meeting. But what happens when you fill up your calendar with stuff for everyone else? That brings me to the next point, which is a calendar will help you…
3. Making time for what’s important. People can tell a lot about us by what we spend our time and money on. You need to make time for what’s really important. Family time, being with your spouse, fun hobby times, relaxing times, vacations. All those things that help us stay healthy physically and spiritually must be a priority on our calendar.
4. Gives you a sense of accomplishment. Imagine that your calendar is full and you follow it, accomplishing all your tasks and then some. Usually I allot more time for my tasks than I might need, and it’s thrilling to get ahead like that and feel that you have extra time to get things done.