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How to Manage your Discretionary Time




Time is your most precious treasure, as this is the only thing that you can never earn, replace or buy. Once it is gone, there's no way that you can take it back.


How are you spending your time?
Are you making the most of the length of your days?


Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. "My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action." Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is "T-I-M-E.” - Rick Warren

Instead of adding days to your life, Choose to focus on adding life to your days.



Take good care of your resources and be a good steward of your time.

Where does your time go? 
Are you making the most of your time?

Discretionary time is the time which you could spend as you please. 
This is the FREE TIME that you can use as you want.
It is subject to your own discretion.

How do you use your Discretionary time?

How to Manage your Discretionary Time

Start by making a list of all the things that you would need to do.
Arrange your list in order of priority.
Determine if they are URGENT.

If you need to do this thing today, because doing it another time would be too late - It is URGENT.

Determine if they are IMPORTANT.
Determine the significance of a task based on your values.
If a task is something that only you could do, it is IMPORTANT.
If a task is something that you can delegate, then you may consider it UNIMPORTANT.

There are four major quadrants where we usually use our Discretionary Time:

The first quadrant is the: STRESS QUADRANT.
This is where all the URGENT and IMPORTANT activities are. This needs to come HIGH on your PRIORITY list.
Stress is a fact of life, but Misery is optional.

It's best to finish things here as early as possible to avoid and reduce the stress in your life.
DO IT.

The Second Quadrant is the NUISANCE QUADRANT.
This is where the SEEMINGLY URGENT, but UNIMPORTANT activities are.

If it is unimportant but Urgent, DELEGATE IT.

The third quadrant is the WASTE QUADRANT.
This is where all the ACTIVITIES that makes NO IMPACT in your personal life are.
*Addicted and Possessed use most of their times in this quadrant.
DROP IT.

The fourth Quadrant is the RENEWAL QUADRANT.
This is where all the MOST IMPORTANT but NOT SEEMINGLY URGENT activities are.
This is the most important quadrant, but sadly is the MOST NEGLECTED.
  1. Exercises
  2. Planning/Preventive
  3. Building Relationships especially at Home (Keep Building)
  4. Prayer and Meditation
  5. Personal Development
PLAN IT.

In planning, consider your personal development in the 4 Pies:
  1. Physical
  2. Intellectual
  3. Spiritual
  4. Emotional
Tips on Managing your Time
  1. Schedule the Untouchable and Touchable Schedules.
  2. Set a Schedule for yourself that protects your priorities.
  3. Make sure to put a margin and boundary to your life.
  4. Protect your Sabbath day(day of rest).
  5. Know your Goals, so that no matter what distractions you face, you can still focus and do your best.
  6. On handling distractions, ask God what to say yes and no to. God is unchanging. He will guide you in wisdom and lead you in straight path.

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Live your Dream


Run toward your Dream.
You are an UNCOMMON BREED.

I challenge you to SPEND TIME BY YOURSELF.
I challenge you to find your value.
The people that are living their dream are finding winners to attach themselves to

Jesus has said that in this world you will have troubles, but take heart because He had overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Even if you have to face disappointment, know within yourself that you can do this even if no one else sees this in you. 

You must see it for yourself.
Invest in your mind.

Just take the first step. 

Don’t let nobody steal your dreams

YOU CAN LIVE YOUR DREAM!

INVEST IN YOURSELF
Live Learn and Grow

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.(Romans 12:12)

Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste… it’s something that truly exists in all of us!

I don’t know what that dream is that you have.
I don’t care how disappointing it might have been as you've been working towards that dream, but that dream that you’re holding in your mind… it’s possible!

Some of you already know that it's hard… it’s not easy. 
It's hard changing your life!
In the process of working on your dreams, you are going to incur a lot of disappointments, failure, and pain…

There are moments when you’re going to doubt yourself…

For those of you that have experienced some hardships, don’t give up on your dream!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

There are rough times that are going to come your way, but they have not come to stay - they have come to pass! :)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

For people who are running towards their dreams, life has a special kind of meaning! :)

As long as you follow other people and as long as you’re being a copy cat,
You will never ever be the best copycat in the world!
But YOU WILL BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE!

Everybody won’t see it...
Everybody won’t join you
Everybody won’t have the vision
It’s necessary to know that...YOU ARE AN UNCOMMON BREED!

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

The people that are living their dreams, are the people that know that if it’s gonna happen - it’s up to them. 

If you wanna be more successful, if you wanna do and have stuff that you have never had before, I’m asking you to invest in you.

Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
This is what I believe, and I’m willing to die for it. Period.
No matter how bad it is…or how bad it gets…I’m going to make it.
I want to represent an idea…I want to represent possibilities.

I dare you to invest time...
I dare you to be alone...
I dare you to spend an hour alone getting to know yourself!

Get to a place where people who don’t like you don’t even bother you any more..
Cause you’re not concerned with trying to make them happy...
Because you’re trying to get to the next level,
Because you’re ready to invest in your mind,
Because you’re still talking about your dream
You’re still talking about your goal
You've not done anything…
You can make your parents proud…
You can make your school proud…
You can touch millions of peoples ‘ lives…
and the world will never be the same again…
because you came this way!
If you face a rejection or a no...
If you hold a meeting and nobody shows up...
If someone says ” you can count on me” and they don’t come through...

What if we have that kind of attitude?
A cause repossessed...nobody believes in you…
You've lost again, and again, and again, the lights are cut off…

But you’re still looking at your dream,
Renewing it every day and saying to yourself:
It’s not over… UNTIL YOU WIN!

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” - Maya Angelou
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How to be a Woman of Worth


Think of a woman whose life is worth emulating. 
What does her life speak about?
What are the qualities that she possess? 
What sets her apart from the crowd?

When I think of a woman who is worth following, I think of a woman who is a bundle of joy bursting out with stories of victories in life. A woman who overflows with positivity, strength, and enthusiasm towards life despite all the challenges she has to overcome.


I think of a woman  whose life challenges are always testimonies to how God is alive. A woman whose life screams how everything is possible with God, and nothing holds her back from God's amazing plans for her life.


A woman who is a living example of the mercy and existence of God!

Do you want to be a woman of worth?

You can be a Woman Of Worth! WOW!
The Word of God says that you are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do.(Ephesians 2:10)
You are God's workmanship! A work of art! His masterpiece! 

You are unique... Your eyes, your heart, your lip mark and fingerprints are totally unique!

You are one of a kind. When God made you, he broke the mold. 

God created you for a special purpose that He had prepared in advance even before you came out of this world. 


God has MADE you to Make A Difference for Eternity!

How to be a Woman of Worth

1. Be SECURE in Christ.

In Christ, you have been brought to fullness. (Colossians 2:10)
As a woman who is secure in Christ, you have been brought to fullness and is complete! 

A woman without Christ could be needy and a taker, trying to fill her lack through her own ways. Not being secure in Christ will turn you into a yo-yo. (up, down and up down)
Being complete and secure in Christ, empowers you to become a giver. 

How to be Secure in Christ:


1. Be secure that you are loved eternally. God has said in His word that He has loved you with an everlasting love and that He has drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)


2. Be Secure that God loves you unconditionally! God has demonstrated His love for us, that even when we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) God treasures you, and there is nothing that you could do to make Him love you less or more. God loves you perfectly! 


3. Be Secure that you are never alone. With God, there is no fear of abandonment or betrayal. There may be times that you might feel that God has forsaken or forgotten you, but He will never forget you. God has even engraved your name on the palm of His hands. (Isaiah 49:16) God treasures you! God loves you like you are His only child. He has the capacity to love like that.

4. Be Secure that God remembers you. He thinks of you 24/7. He is interested in every little thing that you are doing, thinking or feeling.  (Psalm 139:17-18)

As a Christian, you can always draw from His unlimited resources and GIVE.

2. Be SPIRIT-EMPOWERED

A woman who is spirit-filled is empowered to witness. (Acts 1:8)
A woman walking by the Spirit has the power to have a Christ-like character, bearing the fruits of the Spirit such as Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. (Galatians 5)

How to be Spirit-Empowered

P - Pause and Take a Breath
R - Resist your First Impulse 
A - Ask the Holy Spirit what to Say and Do
Y - Yield to the Holy Spirit

Before even going out to the world, Decide for yourself what you want to be in advance - and BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE.


Being in our world now, we are prone to be tempted. Each of us have a weakness or struggle. 


What is your  "favorite sin" ? Being mindful and aware of situations that could lead you there, could help you overcome and avoid them. 


There are times that you may encounter constraints and trials. This could very well discourage you seeing them as obstacles to doing God's will in your life. 

Live with the attitude of gratitude or Grumble yourself to the Grave.

In situations, where we can't understand, we can ask God why He allowed certain things to happen and How we can use it for His glory.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)


Choose to joyfully anticipate what good God will do and you will become better and not bitter.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1Thessalonians 5:8)


Be amazed of how God can use this challenge in your life. 


And we know that IN ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Simply put, it means that God could use not only the good things in your life, but also the bad things - for your own good!

Choose to end your prayer in thanksgiving, knowing that God would use everything for your own good. 

3. SERVE God where you are!

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing.(Psalm 100:2 ESV)

Oftentimes, you probably pray and ask God to use you.
A better prayer could be "God, make me usable!".

Do you have a toothbrush? 

If I borrow your toothbrush, would you lend it to me?

You probably would not...
Why? 
Because your toothbrush is a tool for your personal use only...

In the same way, to be usable for God, we have to be set apart for Him.


An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
A woman of worth lives to give. (1 Corinthians 7:34-35 NIV)

A woman of worth disciples younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands,so that no one will malign the word of God. (Titus 2:4-5)


Who are the people around you that you can serve?


A woman of worth brings good and not evil all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:12)


Serve your family.

Be the Best Wife. It is God's design for a wife to be a helper to your husband. (Genesis 2:18)
Disciple your kids. A woman of worth teaches her children off on the way they should go,  and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

As a single woman, be the best daughter and sister you could be.


Serve your workplace or school.

Be the best employee in your workplace.
Be the best student and classmate in your school.

Serve your friends.

Be the best influence that you could be to your friends.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. (Proverbs 31:25)


Serve your community.

Your age does not matter. A woman of worth will still bear fruit in old age, she will stay fresh and green, (Psalm 92:14)

The primary purpose of a woman of worth is to glorify Him. I pray that your life burn, shine and exude the love of GOD!

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How to be Content

Are you happy or settling?


What do you think is the difference between a happy person and a settling person?

Contentment.

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get - H Jackson Brown Jnr

If you are not happy now, what makes you think that you would be happy after something?

Singles, if you are not happy now, what makes you think you would be happy if you would get married? :)

Are you content?

When we are content, we can say that We are a HUNDRED PERCENT willing to accept whatever God wants to throw our way - the good, the bad and the ugly.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 
Philippians 2:5-8

Once we fully LET GO of ourselves, that is when we can fully take on the attitude of Christ.

The Key to having a full relationship with God is CONTENTMENT.

Jesus wanted the cup of suffering taken away from Him (Matthew 26:39), but He went all the way to death to prove his TRUST to the Father's plans.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

To be content is Learned

Learn to be satisfied in God's classroom of life. Release what you want in life, and find gratification.

The apostle Paul found contentment in Christ, even when he was shipwrecked, beaten and jailed for the sake of Christ.

1. Release your will
2. Die to your desires
3. Live for Christ

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

Let us always practice removing our focus on ourselves, that we may be able to see the blessings of God in our lives.



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Goals


“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It’s not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideas, but it is a disaster to have no ideas to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach.” Dr. Benjamin Mays




Annual Planning

Provide one specific plan for each area.
As a guide, Make your plan/goal S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound).

Areas  and   Goals
Spiritual
You may include here reading the Bible.
Ministry
What is God asking you to serve as an overflow of your intimacy with Him?
Discipleship Group
Are you mentoring and sharing your learning to other disciples?
Family
How can you enhance your connection with your family?
Career
How can you glorify God through your career?
Finance
How can you be a competent administrator of your economic assets?


S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Goals should describe accomplishments, not activities.

Specific:
Goal objectives should address the five Ws.
Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
Make sure that your goal specifies what you need to do within the timeframe for completion.
Use action verbs such as Create, Design, Promote, Implement, Produce, etc.

Measurable:
Goal objectives should include numeric or detailed measures that define quantity, quality, cost, etc.
How will you recognize when you achieve your goal successfully?
Focus on details that are observable such as actions, number, nature, cycle time, efficiency or flexibility to measure outcomes, not activities.

Achievable:
Your goal intentions should be within your control and influence.
It may be a “stretch” but still feasible.
Is your goal achievable with the available resources?
Is your goal achievable within the timeframe you originally planned? Consider authority or control, influence, means and work environment support to meet your aim.

Relevant:
Your goals should be contributory to the mission of your team.
Why is your goal important?
How will your goal help your team achieve its objectives?
Develop goals that relate to your team’s principal accountabilities or link with team goals that align with your team agenda.

Time-bound:
Your goal aspirations should name a definite objective date for completion or regularities for specific action steps that are necessary for achieving the goal.
How often should your team work on this task?
By when should this purpose be accomplished?

Incorporate specific dates, calendar pillars, or timeframes that are related to the achievement of another result (i.e., dominions and linkages to other projects). 

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Live in the Moment

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future. 
If you are at peace you are living in the present - Lau Tzu



“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”― Louis L'Amour

“Fear may fill our world, but it doesn't have to fill our hearts.” 
― Max Lucado, Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear
Leave a space for the grace of God to move in your life.
God's timing is always the best timing...
God's way is more than what we can imagine.

Enjoy the present moment as best you can; it's where your future comes from!

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. 

Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness.
Tear out arrogance and seed humility. 
Exchange love for hate --- 
thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising." 
 -- Maya Angelou

We are butterflies...
Right now, we are inside a cocoon...
We cannot go outside without developing our whole bodies...to become the beautiful butterfly we are meant to be..


Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future - John F Kennedy

Every level is a journey, and every step has its own lesson and learning...

Stop and smell the flowers....

Life is a marathon. If you approach it like a hundred yard dash race , you would exhaust yourself even before you start the journey.

How to Live in the Moment

Live each moment as if it were your last.

Live like there's no tomorrow. See the beauty of every moment. 
Participate not just observe and receive a richer and fuller reward of life. Live your best life now!

Dance like nobody's watching. Live in a moment!

Be optimistic. Stop performing and ignore everyone who is looking. Dance well to impress your audience. Forget everyone who is watching you and just receive the moment for what it is.

Notice the world around you and see the moments that circle you. Enjoy the view and the beauty. Appreciate the way that the light reflects off each building. Enjoy watching nature and the birds that manage to rest in their nest. 

Turn your chin and see a whole new perspective on the place that you live.

Study a flower. How does it smell? 
How many petals does it have?
How does its leaves spiral?
Are there any bugs living in it?  Do you think they’re aware of your presence?

Realize that you are part of this single moment when all things come together whether small or great. Be there. Just live it. 

Focus on what you are doing.
From waking up to walking to shuffling cards, how does it feel?

If there are analysis in your mind, you are doing anything other than what you are doing. Let those imaginations go and focus on what is, not what was. Be mindful. Simply breathe.

When a moment escapes you, inhale through your nostrils as deep as you can as you listen to the air moving inside your body. Feel your lungs swell  and exhale slowly through your mouth as you let the air escape on its own.

Be mindful to your other senses such as sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. Imagine that it is the last time that you will ever experience the moment. Be so immersed at that moment that everything in the rest of the world would just seem to vanish. Slow down, and try to relish the present.

Listen to the world. 
Listen to the sounds of the ducks, the water, the air, the conversations of distant strangers, the planes overhead, the footsteps of passers-by. The moment is all around you.

Smile when you wake up. Set the mood of appreciation and experience by simply waking up and smiling.

Avoid waking up with a grunt and a breaking of your clock. Your facial expressions can influence how you feel. Practice the Duchenne smile which is smiling with both your eyes and mouth. Real happiness is closely tied to it.

Imagine all the right things that are going to happen to you today.
Imagine the laughs that you will receive for your jokes and the ovations that you will get.

If you are cleaning, Imagine how good it will feel to sit down with a delicious tea as you admire your achievements for the day.

Do random, spontaneous acts of kindness. 
Donate, clean litter or help victims of natural disasters.
Cease opportunities for making the world a better place.

Small things, like complimenting someone, can bring happiness. It's usually the most spontaneous and unexpected acts of kindness that produce exceptional influence. You will only be sensitive to moments like this if you're living in a moment.

If you find out that an old neighbor of yours do not get as many visitors, give them a visit with some cookies. If they are someone who would not let you go once they get your attention, dig in and enjoy their stories. People are a lot more exciting than you think.


Minimize pursuits that numb your consciousness of the moment. 
Determine activities that distract your mind from the present which puts you in a passive state of mind. Time slips right by. It is not bad to daydream or get lost in a book or a movie. However, it will cause you to lose concentration in being at the moment. This is a way of escapism.

Don't crap out; zone in. 

Do active tasks.
Do things that inspire you to look around and join the world at the moment. Play a game, play an instrument or simply do gardening to lend yourself to mindfulness.

Choose at least one day a week to turn off your cell phone, your computer, your radio, your TV, and whatever other gadgets you use to distract yourself. 

Spend that day riding your bike to a café, gardening, having a friend over for tea, drawing something you see out the window, or exploring a new area of your town or city.

Narrow down your absolute favorite shows, write them into your schedule and only turn on the TV at those times. Like to nod off to late-night television? Try herbal tea instead. Channel-surf when you’re bored? Get a hobby. Watch game shows during dinner? Cook yourself something special and savor every bite of it.

Be grateful for everything.
When you find yourself craving for something you don't have, or wishing, your life will be altered.

Start your journey for your dream by being grateful for what is now in your life. This will take you back to the present moment. 

Make a list of what you are thankful for. 
Being able to breath and wake up this morning is reason enough to be thankful. 
Grab all the gifts in front of you and do not fail to do it just because you are always looking  for what once was or what might be instead of your present moment.

Simply be thankful for what is instead of dreaming of being happy somewhere else to be happy at the moment.

Tips
Be kind at all times. 
Join in active communication and engage in one subject matter with another human.
Face your fears.
Watch your breath, by noticing your living pattern your mind freely rests and pays more awareness to the present moment.
Don't be afraid to be yourself.
You are good enough so never allow anyone to change you.
Think about how happy your right action could make someone!
Listen to music and enjoy it.
Express yourself openly. 
Dance or Sing along!
Don't worry about the future.
Take the chance to learn from kids. Children can enjoy every moment for what it is because they have not yet discovered thinking ahead or dwelling on the past.

Forgive. 
Carrying grudges will bother you and it will prevent you from opening your heart to others because of fear that you might get hurt again.  Open up yourself and view outside yourself to see how the present moment is important to you.

It doesn't reason not to prepare and plan for the future. It just means that you focus and enjoy whatever you are doing.


Don't go overboard as the sun will always rise tomorrow.

There's more to life than increasing its speed - Gandhi

A relationship that is to go the distance, needs a comfortable pacing that keeps people from consuming each other. Allow the bond to form and the glue to dry.  For all the rough edges that can not be smoothed, and faults that can never be abolished, develop the best possible outlook and decide to accept reality exactly as it is. Accept that which cannot be changed or Choose to Hang Tough and Be Content in spite of everything. The operative word is: CHOOSE. It is your choice. 


"You messed up yesterday. You said the wrong words, took the wrong turn, loved the wrong person, reacted the wrong way. You spoke when you should have listened, walked when you should have waited, judged when you should have trusted, indulged when you should have resisted. You messed up yesterday. But you'll mess up more if you let yesterday's mistakes sabotage today's attitude. God's mercies are new every morning. You need God's grace and daily washings of forgiveness. Once a year won't do. Once a month is insufficient. Weekly showers leave you dry. You need a solid soaking everyday. Receive them."-Every Day Deserves A Chance; "The LORD's love never ends; His mercies never stop. They are new every morning."(Lamentations 3:22-23) God bless you!:)
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