Time Management Series
“Having the Time of Your Life: An Overview” (SL#15)
by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., adapted from SkillTrack® 12.1 - Time Management

1. Purpose of this Series
Time Management: Having the Time of Your Life explores the principles, practices, and benefits of time management in life and leadership. You may undertake valuable self-assessment of your priorities and activities, and develop strategies toward truly “having the time of your life!” As related to servant leadership, it is not too much to claim that time management is self-leadership.

Time management is really a misnomer, because we all have exactly the same amount of time . . . Self-management is a better term . . . Most people manage their lives by crises. . . . Effective time managers are opportunity-minded. The essence of time management is to set priorities and then to organize and execute around them. (from Stephen R. Covey, Principle-Centered Leadership)

Key Text--Ephesians 5:15-16 – Be very careful, then, how you live [walk]--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity [time], because the days are evil. (NIV)

2. What This Overview Article Provides

3. What Is “Time Management”?

4. Approaches to Time Management
Stephen R. Covey in Principle-Centered Leadership, p. 47, underscores the need for improvement: “Associated with Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw is the unique endowment of continuous improvement or self-renewal to overcome entropy.” The theme of this article, “having the time of your life,” provides for time improvement through several approaches, each approach intersecting with the others. Learn from one of the following topics, or each one of them as needed:

Biblical concepts of time
Taking a time inventory
Developing a time-use plan: the ground floor
Developing a time-use plan: getting specific
Scheduling your time
Overcoming time-wasters
Making time for your ministry

5. Warm-Up Questions
Leo Tolstoi, famed Russian novelist, is quoted as saying, “There is only one time that is important – NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power.” What we do with the time we have is the agenda of time management. In a conference together, we might begin by asking a few “warm-up” questions--for getting acquainted and identifying specific applications. Let’s try it here, ok? Respond to the questions that apply to you:

6. Servant Leadership and Time Management
Time management contributes to all five practices of servant leadership: empowered, ethical, enabling (or, equipping), effective leadership, and efficient leadership. By contributing to “efficient leadership,” your use of time, in reality, enriches all five components of servant leadership. Living your life on purpose is essential to daily performance. Since time management is a leadership skill having to do with “life management,” it is worthy of focused attention and investment. The graphic below provides a viewpoint important for every part of time management.

Time Management Survey – from “Leadership Magazine”


Are your management traits and needs similar to the 600 pastors responding to a recent national survey?

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership