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The second phase in time management presents a different challenge. Once you have a well-prioritized plan, you must implement it. As with the planning phase, I divide this second phase of time management into three essential steps: being single-minded, conserving energy, and walking in the light.

Be Single-Minded
The first major contributor to successful implementation of your plan is to be single-minded in the pursuit of it. You can't allow yourself to be distracted. You need to be absolutely determined to accomplish that which you have planned to do. No interruptions or detours will get you off course.

As James 1:8 says, "A double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways." Double-mindedness produces instability. It's impossible to hold your course and fulfill God's plan for your life when you are in a condition of instability. You must remain single-minded.

For many of us, staying focused in the midst of the distractions that bombard us everyday is a big challenge. You need to recognize distractions for what they are: interruptions with the potential to get you off course.

They are opportunities for you to get sidetracked from your plan. You need to stay focused. Be single-minded. And in the end, you will have accomplished your plan.

Conservation of Energy
The second essential element to a successful implementation phase is what I call "conservation of energy." Beyond the tendency to get side-tracked, another reason you might not execute your plan is, very simply, you may not have enough energy to stay focused and productive through an entire day. You can simply run out of steam before the day is over.

Of course, the greatest energy drain in your life is tension and stress. Much study has been given to this topic in an effort to reduce work-related stress and increase the overall efficiency and productivity of today's workforce. Well, for the Christian, the answer is a little bit more supernatural than the world's.

Isaiah 40:28-31 gives us God's solution for dealing with weariness:
The Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary He giveth power to the faint and to them that have no might, he increaseth strength.

Even the youth shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.
(Isa. 40:28-31)
This is God's answer for the energy drains that are so common in the human experience today. God says, "cast your care upon Me and I will give you the energy or strength needed to complete your plan, to finish your day."

You need to look to the Lord to give you the strength to get through the day. When you do, you'll find that your strength will be replaced with God's. You'll cruise through your day with all the energy necessary to fulfill your plan.

Walking in the Light
The third major contributor to implementing your plan is, I think, the most important. I call it, "walking in the light." Being single-minded and conserving your energy are natural requirements; they optimize natural resources. Walking in the light, however, taps into a supernatural way of finding enough time in the day to do what you need to do.

There is a connection between time and light. For us to fully optimize our time, we need to gain insight into how time and light relate to one another. As part of Einstein's special theory of relativity, introduced in 1905, he said two things concerning light.

It is virtually impossible to achieve God's ultimate plan for your life without godly wisdom to help you do it. This means gaining the understanding that can only come to those who have simplified their lives. And to simplify your life, you must become a master of managing the resources you have at your disposal namely time, money, and relationships.

As I said, in a future discussion, I will focus how you can simplify your life through the proper management of your money and your relationships. Until then, expect God to open the eyes of your understanding and pour out upon you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you manage your time well through wise planning and a focused implementation of your Spirit-led plan.

Copyright © Mac Hammond Ministries
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Author Biography

Mac Hammond
Web site: Mac Hammond
Mac Hammond is the senior pastor of Living Word, a large and growing church in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Minute, which is seen locally in the Minneapolis area on KMSP Channel 9 at 6:44 a.m. and 11:11 a.m. He is also the host of the Winner's Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.

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