Anyone who teaches time management encourages creating a daily to-do list, clarifying exactly what you must accomplish that day; however, equally important, is a daily NOT-to-do list.
If you’re a student who is approaching exams, the number one item on a to-do list might be studying at the library; however, between you and the library is your friend’s house who just got that new video game, followed by your favorite restaurant, and, when you get to the library, there’s that website you’ve spent way too much time on lately. Any one of these three could delay or even destroy your study time.
The way to avoid these traps is to identify and expose them on a NOT-to do list. You can create the list each day when you make your to-dos and include them in your digital or paper planner.
Time management is like the Gospel. It includes positive and negative elements because to-dos and NOT-to dos both help to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day.” He and his wife, Carrie, live in Salisbury, NC, with several of their 12 children.