The Secret Ingredient To Successful Life Management
I remember when I first began flirting with the idea of time management. I was in high school and had no money. So I created my own day by day planner.
In college I took a class that required me to use a Day Timer brand of planner. It was my first time attempting to use a professional system. I continued to use this throughout the remainder of my college days.
Later on, I began to use the Franklin Covey Day Planner system. I read several time management books and focused on gaining an advantage in my life and my career by being organized.
My employer even had training in this area. The system was nice, but there was something still missing. It took me a while, but I finally found the missing ingredient that is needed for successful time and life management. It boils down to one word:
Somewhere along the way I realized that I did not have a vision for my life. Slowly, but surely, I began crafting one. I have written several out. I attempted to create my own. Finally, I decided that I did not have to reinvent the wheel. I finally settled on the vision that defines my life.
I glorify God by enjoying Him forever.
That’s it. Simple. Easy to remember. Timeless (after all, it’s been around a while and it points toward eternity).
What’s The Point?
Why is vision the secret ingredient to time and life management?
If I decide to go on vacation to Disney World, I don’t just get in the car and begin driving, hoping that I will get there. I begin with the end in mind. I know where I want to go, so I plan accordingly.
That’s what a vision for one’s life is: the end in sight. It is the destination. It is what everything else in life should fold back into.
Developing a vision for your life will solve many, if not most, of the hindrances to a satisfied life.
What’s The Problem?
The problem is that most of us never really know where we’re headed. We don’t know what direction we’re headed. We simply hope we make it through life and can look back without regrets.
Developing a personal vision allows us to live a life that overcomes any regrets we may have.
There is no secret to developing a vision. It will take some work. It will take some time of getting away from everything. Time alone thinking and praying will help.
It also doesn’t have to be completely original. It could be “I am a disciple maker” or “I walk in a relationship with Christ 24.7.365.” Of course my suggestions are focused more on faith, but yours don’t necessarily have to be.
I’m still in the process of working on many of these things, but I do have my vision worked out for my life. Next Friday I will share my mission statement that flows out of my vision. From there, I have some other suggestions for life management that will be coming over the next few weeks.
Do you have a concrete vision for your life? Why or why not?