It’s a rarely advertised principle of time management, but your day actually begins the night before.
In Jewish culture the Shabbat (what Christians know as the Sabbath) begins Friday evening and continues until Saturday evening.
God set it in motion in the beginning. The very first chapter of the Bible contains this passage:
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5 New International Version (emphasis mine)
Did you catch it? Evening and then morning of the first day.
Your evening determines your morning and the rest of your day. So how can you take advantage of this principle to get organized and accomplish more in your day?
Think Ahead – Right after dinner (or while cooking dinner) begin thinking about the upcoming day. Check the calendar for appointments. Check the menu and set out anything that needs to thaw. Think about your morning routine.
Gather Necessities – Put your purse, keys and organizer in a central location. If you have a doctors appointment, pack a book to read. Have the children place their backpacks and jackets by the door. Pack your gym bag and put it in the car. Choose your clothing for the next day (so you discover now rather than later that the pants that go with the shirt you want to wear are in the laundry).
Prepare Yourself – Begin a routine that calms you about an hour before bed (writing in a journal, reading, a warm bath) rather than watching t.v. until you fall asleep. (If you don’t have TIVO, you can bet you’ll find out what happened on your favorite show first thing in the morning on the internet!). Pray and process your day.
Go to Bed Earlier – Sleep is essential. Studies have shown that our brains work at a much lower capacity when we are sleep deprived. You NEED a minimum 7.5 hours of sleep each night. Eliminate the distractions and make sleep a priority. Pray that God will give you a good night’s rest.
Don’t let bad habits rob you of having a peaceful and restful day. Do a little work tonight to have a better tomorrow.
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