I. Prayer at the center of life – Reference to a life of prayer both in the Old Testament and the New Testament should make clear that our life must center on prayer. Prayer must become not just a private event when we feel the call to prayer, but should be incorporated into our daily schedule as a “Non-Negotiable” appointment.
II. Priorities – We must learn to set and balance our priorities before we can begin to manage our time and appointment books. These are in four categories:
A. Personal – examples include: prayer, exercise, prayer, study, retreat, sleep, eat, etc
B. Family – examples include: mealtime, fun time, date nights, homework time, bed time with the kids, etc
C. Professional – examples include: meetings, classes, study, development, pastoral, etc
D. Friends – examples include: birthdays, anniversaries, class reunions, etc
III. Art of Creating (and maintaining) my schedule
A. Materials – day timer, outlook, smart phone, etc
B. Establish basic patterns for regular events per week or month
C. Work the Schedule – once you have created a “standard” weekly schedule you can react as unexpected events such as funerals and hospital calls occur. You will often be called upon to amend your schedule for an emergency, but with a well made schedule you will be able to identify what has to be shuffled around rather than ignored.
1. Personal and Family – determine “non-negotiables” ie: home for dinner, story time with the kids, etc
2. Professional – determine “non-negotiables” ie: Sunday worship schedule, bible studies, classes, etc
3. Family and Personal – locate “random” events – ie: school programs, date nights, etc.
4. Professional – locate “random” events – ie: sermon prep, letter writing, blogging, etc.