Time has a way of overtaking us with life activities. However, we all have the same 24 hrs in a day in which to complete our chores. The best way to catch up is to redeem time. Redeeming time is buying back that which is lost, mislaid or stolen from us. During my years of study, one thing I have learned is, "Never trust to tomorrow what you can do today". Tomorrow has a way of gobbling up our time, and filling it with excuses to avoid what seems like a chore. Here are some things that I have learned to keep me on track:
The TEN commandments of Studying.
1. NEVER "fit in" to your day things which are of a greater importance. Do them first, not last
2. NEVER "live by other peoples priorities". What you see as important is not always shared
3. NEVER "plan your day by someone who is unplanned". You are responsible for you.
4. NEVER "Put off" your schedule by the tyranny of the urgent. Few things are truly urgent
5. NEVER "Waste downtime" with frivolous activities and call it relaxation. It's not true.
6. ALWAYS "End the day" with the beginning in mind. Schedule your day, don't let it evolve.
7. ALWAYS "Plan Intentionally" the course of your year. Either plan not to fail or fail to plan.
8. ALWAYS "Block out" distractions on a day you ALWAYS study. Study at the beginning of the week, not last minute at the end. Study is not a chore, it is a development tool for your benefit.
9. ALWAYS "Avoid the negative excuses", they weaken morale and discipline.
10. ALWAYS "Remember, time spent around Gods Word, is time Spent with Him.
Finally remember this: The average person always looks for average solutions, minimal compliance, and minimal effort. They always have a good reason for not achieving. We are warriors, not children, and as such need to be responsible for our actions, for those actions reap the harvest. Good, bad or indifferent. Tomorrows consequence is found in today's responsibility. We live off the fruit of our decisions.