You Can Control Your Time

July 2, 2010

Time is within your control.

You’re probably asking, “How can you control time in a 24/7 environment?”

Winners carry this secret with them all the time. They know that each man is given exactly 24 hours a day and it’s how time is spent or wasted that spells the difference between success, mediocrity or failure.

You can control your time. You choose how to “spend” your time and how much of your time to give to various activities. You’ll never get more time than the 24 hours you’re given each day. But nobody can ever shortchange it but you.

Doesn’t it amaze you that the people who make the worst use of time may be the same ones who complain that there is never enough time.

Sociologists say that the most important currency for the 21st century is time not money.

Therefore you make sure that you spend your time wisely.

This doesn’t mean you bury yourself in work and fail to maintain some semblance of sanity in our life, this simply means you spend time on things that will help you grow as a person and you stay away from activities that would hinder you from your success goals.

  • When you spend more time watching pirated DVD movies than reading books you’re wasting your time.
  • When you would rather be out with the boys (or the girls) than spend time with your family you are wasting time.
  • When you gulp it down, shoot it up or snort it in you’re not only wasting your time you’re wasting your life.

Now may I make a suggestion?

Rather than thinking time management all the time, why not start thinking “Task Management?”

Prioritize tasks that add value towards achieving your lifetime success goals. Anything that does not accomplish this you discard and throw it into your wastebasket.

Leon Hansen composed this poem entitled “Take Some Time.”

Read the words carefully:

Take Some Time
by Leon Hansen

Take some time to smell the flowers.  As you walk the paths of life.

Take some time to ease the tensions.  From the challenges and the strife.

Take some time to hear the birds sing.  As they usher in the dawn.

Though the day be just emerging.  Too soon it will be gone.

Take some time to watch a sunrise.  Now and then a sunset too.

Just be sure that seeking pleasure.  Isn’t all you ever do.

Take some time to count your blessings.  Though you feel they’re not that great.

You will find they’re more abundant.  Than you thought, at any rate.

Take some time to banish hatred.  When and where you can.

Just detest man’s evil ways.  And not your fellow man.

Take some time to love your children.  Every moment you are free.

The benefits sure exceed.  A university degree.

Take some time to love your neighbor.  And even more important still,

Take some time to love yourself.  Or not many others will.

And if you don’t like that image.  Of yourself that others see,

Take some time to make some changes,. Be the best that you can be.

Take some time to help another.  Who you think might need a hand.

You will find the satisfaction.  Leaves you feeling sort of grand.

Take some time to live by virtue.  In the best way that is known,

And respect the rights of others.  As equal to your own.

Take some time to just appreciate.  The fact that you are here,

And to know the risen Lord.  And to trust Him without fear.

If you do these things with diligence. You will eventually be glad.

If you don’t attempt to do them. You may one day wish you had.

Although this no doubt could impose. Upon your time for seeking wealth,

There should be little question. That it could improve your health.

And though you might not be as wealthy. Nor drive so fine a car,

You’ll find you will be richer. In other ways by far. [1]

Our time is in God’s Hands but He has empowered us to use it responsibly.

[1] By Leon Hansen , from A 6th Bowl of Chicken Soup for the Soul  Copyright 1999 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. nympha

    wow.. amazing. i wish i could meet u n personal and have ur autograph.
    i’l boast it to my francis_kong-fanatic friends. hehe..

    kidding aside, thank u for this sir.
    i remember a psalm n the bible,

    “Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

  2. Francis Kong

    You are so right Nympha. Thanks for taking the time to leave a note.

  3. Rotrot

    you are truly inspiring…
    i, too, wish that someday, me and my husband will get the chance to meet you in person. ;))
    God bless you and your family!

  4. TJ

    Hi Sir Francis! I totally inspired alot from your works, and I currently enjoying reading your book- “Life’s work”. My perceptions had changed especially in my relationship with my husband when I had read your blog” Tantrum Words” and also in my career. Since then I always check your sites to enlighten me more and to share more to others your valuable lessons. How I wish my husband could attend your seminars too.. By any chance do you have a free seminar regarding career or marriage?

    God Bless you and your family always! :-))

  5. gina

    Thanks for your God given gift of inspiring and encouraging lots and lots of people… truly we can’t replace time… as james said ” we are like a mist that here for a LITTLE while and then vanishes”…

    Thank you sir!

  6. Arnel Manas

    Thanks, very inspiring, how lucky i am that i have two books whom you personally gave it to us, after you autograph it. GOD BLESS, Sir

  7. sammy ross

    Dear Mr. Francis

    Time is somthing that we luxury enjoy we must not waist it. Let us not waist time!! Let’s commit to the LOrd in everything we do, and our plans will suceed.

    GOD BLESS!!!

  8. Cila Mercado

    Hi bro.francis i always read your post…this one inspired me a lot! Indeed, time is

    precious we shouldn’t waste it rather make use of it wisely according to God’s plan.

    I’m grateful to have your

    book “Life Works” which was given to me by a friend way back 1998!!!!

    Hope i could meet you also in person or just even attend your seminar.

  9. anne

    Very inspiring and thought-provoking po. Your books and articles always ring with God’s truths. I’m sharing this one with my colleagues, family and friends in my fb account. Thank you very much! God bless you and your family! 🙂

  10. Manuel Gascon

    Mega-thanks Sir Francis. Above articles are timely prescriptions for the minds, body and soul to considered. God bless you all the more…

  11. Je

    Time sure is not wasted when I’m reading your posts. I pray that your speeches will be always be as inspiring as (or even more so than) the previous ones and that you be more inspired each day 🙂

  12. NESIE

    This article inspires me to really manage my time well. I’m a busy person also but sometimes I feel tired of doing a lot things. I will try the “task management” technique Sir Francis ! Thank u again. God Bless You More !

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