Managing Your Time During the School Season | Guest Post

by - February 10, 2019

Anna Hammer is a fellow blogger and writer, and she has been published on TheRebelution.com! I've enjoyed working with Anna on her post, and now I'm excited to share it with you!

In today's post, Anna talks about managing our time during the school season, which--as we all know--is one of the busiest seasons of our lives!

I hope you enjoy today's post!



Since school started this fall, I’ve been overwhelmingly busy.

With running around all day from school, to homework, and to sports practice, I haven’t had much free time.

Many other students are in the same situation.

After a long day, it’s easy to decide to mindlessly scroll through messages or binge-watch YouTube on the couch for an hour. It’s easy to choose the activity that requires little effort rather than the one that would be the most beneficial to us.

But in light of eternity, is it worth it?

With a busy schedule, it’s important to prioritize.

As Christians, the way we spend our time should be different than the people around us because our time has been revolutionized by Christ. We need to allow God to be the leading cause of what we do and how long we do it.

We can allow our electronic devices to eat up all of our spare time, or we can choose to give it to God. I’ve discovered three ways we can manage our time wisely during the school season.

 1. BE INTENTIONAL WITH DEVOTION TIME
Maybe making time for devotions means waking up earlier, staying up later, or sacrificing something else throughout the day. I have found that the best time for me is in the morning, so I set my alarm with a little extra time before I get on the bus.

But that doesn’t mean we need to be legalistic, either. If I’ve had a late night and have been low on sleep, I’ll snooze my alarm and give myself the extra few minutes.

When I do get that time with God in the morning, it will revolutionize my day. And that’s one of the best ways to spend our time.
2. IDENTIFY WHERE MOST OF OUR TIME GOES
In many cases, our screens eat up a lot of our time.

I really like the app Moment (for iPhones) that tracks overall screen time and gives tips for lowering technology use.

When I first got it, I was shocked at how the occasional minutes add up throughout the day.

But soon, I began to be more conscious of how much time I was wasting on a screen.

Compared to the rest of the culture (especially my generation), our screen time as Christians may be drastically lower. It’s easy to continue wasting time without letting it affect us, since our peers’ screen time may be so much higher. (My generation averages 7 hours a day on a screen!)

But it is still important to ask, “In light of eternity, is this going to benefit me? Is it worth it?” 
3. ASK FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
In my writers’ workshop a few months back, a group of us did a technology fast with the goal of focusing on our writing more. We each picked a few websites/apps that we promised not to check for a week, and we kept each other accountable.

To be honest, it was surprisingly difficult! But it made me realize how much time I actually spent on those things, and it gave me so much more time to use on other things that were more beneficial to me.

Choosing to use our time for God’s glory is not easy, and it will always require sacrifice. But when we devote our time to kingdom purposes, we will be the most richly rewarded.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Anna Hammer is a thirteen-year-old writer who is striving to be more like Christ every day. She is an avid reader, soccer player, flutist, baker, and the oldest of four. Through her writing, she wants to bring glory to God and encourage others in the love of Christ. She blogs at throughquietwaters.wordpress.com.


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