How has “managing time” worked for you in the past?
I put that phrase in quotes because I don’t think managing time is a real thing. Have you ever been successful at managing it? I was reading an article on time management recently that was published in the Harvard Business Review called, Time Management Won’t Save You. The author suggests that time management is a farce because we can never say no when we perceive we have available time. We need something stronger than time management. We need to take dominion over the time we’ve been given and steward it as a valuable resource according to the principles the Creator of time, God himself, has given us in His Word.
On this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast we’re talking through the Biblical concept of stewarding and why stewarding time works so much better than trying to manage it. I’m also sharing my process for stewarding my time through a system of time blocking, and I’m offering you a link to my very own block schedule template that you can copy and make all your own. Are you ready to get focused on stewarding your time and seeing your productivity rise while abolishing overwhelm? If so, grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
WANT A COPY OF ERICA’S BLOCK SCHEDULE TEMPLATE? Grab this free “done for you” resource — it’s a Trello board — by heading to ericapyle.com/blockschedule. You’ll receive a link to Erica’s board via email along with simple instructions (via video) for how to copy her board and customize it to your own needs. Awesome, right? Go grab the link to this powerful resource here.
Scripture References Mentioned in This Episode:
Matthew 25:14-30 — Parable of the Talents
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[c] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[d] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[e] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
WANT A COPY OF ERICA’S BLOCK SCHEDULE TEMPLATE ERICA? Grab this free “done for you” resource — it’s a Trello board — by heading to ericapyle.com/blockschedule. You’ll receive a link to Erica’s board via email along with simple instructions (via video) for how to copy her board and customize it to your own needs. Awesome, right? Go grab the link to this powerful resource here.
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
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About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.