I’ve read a bunch of time management books over the years. I even took a class on time management way back when. By far and away, though, the best time management book I’ve ever read is First Things First by Stephen R. Covey.
One of the many men’s Bible study groups I led over the years discussed BIG decisions one morning, including a little sharing about all the “leadership books” we had read. I remember sharing Principle-Centered Leadership and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, both written by Covey.
I also mentioned the book First Things First.
What I like about Covey’s approach to time management is the concept of “aligning the clock with the compass.” He asks, “What is your ‘true north?'” By “true north,” Covey means what is most important in your life.
As Christ-followers, our most important thing is our “role” as a follower. From there, it goes to your spouse, family, etc. Right?
So, Covey suggests we should identify the “roles” we have in life from a time management point of view, establish “goals” in each role, and schedule our time accordingly. We should go through this process weekly, scheduling time to accomplish at least the top goal in each role.
For example, if my wedding anniversary is coming up next week, in my role as a “husband,” I will make it a goal to buy a gift and make dinner reservations. No matter what I do next week, I will ensure this happens.
This is a simple example, but I think it’s good. Covey says, and I’m paraphrasing, “How many people, when on their death bed, say, ‘Man! I wish I would have spent more time at work!'”
It’s a good read. You should check it out!