Time management is important for all of us. It has been a lifetime of study for me. I've attended seminars, read too many books and read hundreds of blog ideas about getting more done in less time.
About the time I think I have an optimum solution, I read or hear something that makes me rethink when I do what.
Recently, I read a summary of some new research on the topic. Dr. Ron Friedman shared and wrote about the studies.
The research concluded that we are more creative when we are tired. It's harder to be distracted and perhaps we don't screen out good ideas. We flow better because our resistance is low.
Our day usually requires analytic abilities as well as creative thinking. Leaders must become more aware of the impact of team energy to tackle various projects throughout the day.
Generally, if we believe the research, we should schedule mid-morning meetings and activities that require analytical reviews of data. Later in the afternoon we can assemble creative types for ideation.
Friedman also gives attention to the chronotype of the individual. There was a time in my life in which I used the story, "I'm not a morning person." I changed my perspective on mornings because I like to get paid in the mornings, too.
Until sometime in my 30s, I did my most serious reading and writing late into the night. I have never had an 8 o'clock class in my life.
I didn't give mornings a chance until I was asked to lead. I remember "practicing" an early morning routine. I found out, I "could be" a morning person. I still don't like it much, but it is a critical time of day for prayer, devotion and setting the tone for my day prior to surfing the waves that begin to roll at 8 a.m. I have learned to write every morning.
I understand now that since I'm tired early in the morning, it has become my best opportunity to create ideas for growth. It's not because I'm a morning person. I think it's because my resistance is low.
Perhaps this is also why so many references to early morning are given in the Bible. Maybe we feel more dependent on Him in the morning. As the day progresses do we become more independent?
The Lord will direct my path. I just need to get up early and meet Him there.
The Holy Spirit teaches a powerful time management class.
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