2Mar

No. 3 social media secret weapon: moment of truth

time management, Christians online, sharing Jesus online, sharing faith, digital evangelism“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” ~ Proverbs 19:21

It’s day three of our Five Social Media Secret Weapons. So what’s the third thing that that will significantly amp your time online as a Christ follower?

Secret weapon #3: A kitchen timer. Yup—it’s a simple household tool that will change your digital life if you harness its power. Determine your plan, set your priorities, and set your timer accordingly (ie: set your timer to spend 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the after noon on social networks).

3 spiritual benefits to taming your time:

God’s agenda wins. Managing time is like herding cats sometimes. It’s tough! Sooner or later you realize that you need God’s help to do it well. Get intentional. Ask God for help in setting priorities. Seek His heart so you can make the most of every opportunity He brings your way.

You learn to surrender. Scripture teaches that we need to hand over everything to God including our time. God wants to be the author of your priorities and schedule. Practice surrendering your minutes and hours to God—go ahead—start now! He will help you focus your attentions.

You learn to say “no.” When you manage your time well some things you used to think were critical simply fall away—and wow—somehow the world keeps on turning.

What’s your biggest challenge in managing your time online?

Post/Tweet this today:
What you do today is important because 
you are exchanging a day of your life for it. ~Anon. #LiveSticky

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  • http://twitter.com/dedraherod dedraherod

    My biggest challenge is being pulled in! Facebook and twitter updates go to my phone.. wondering if I need to stop those. Herding cats.. so true, and you said that word again. Intentional. It keeps coming up over and over again. Thanks for the continued encouragement and just plain wonderful words. You both rock.

  • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

    Great post on being intentional with your time. It’s easy to get caught up in popping back and forth between social media and whatever you’re working on. That’s a really unintentional way to get things done. It leads to multi-tasking, which is painfully inefficient and offer a fantastic opportunity to do multiple tasks poorly all at the same time.

    That would be my biggest challenge…

    Sorry I’ve dropped of the face of the Earth. I’ve missed you, ladies. 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671101964 Jennifer Adams Klein

    I have been thinking of doing this for a long time. I think I’m gonna get me a kitchen timer today!

  • Tami Heim

    You will love it. It will keep you focused – promise!

  • Tami Heim

    We’ve missed you too – but know you are on ‘assignment’ in all you do. Thanks for stopping by Kenny – you are always an encouragement to us.

  • Tami Heim

    I added the apps to my phone – but stopped updates from feeding into my text box and it made a world of difference. Setting the boundaries truly helps with staying focused and present to the people and task right before you.

    YOU Rock Dedra – we so appreciate YOU.

  • Anonymous

    I catch myself spending a lot of time keeping track of social networks…obviously this can make a persons live unbalanced. Thanks for the idea. I am about half-way through Sticky Jesus and enjoying it all.

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Michael – grateful you are enjoying it! Hope it inspires you.

  • Anonymous

    YAY! Gotta help each other every step of the way!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, wazzzz up with you? Hope you are OK! Sending you love and laughter. Have a great week, brother!

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Mr. Droid beeps and burps constantly.

    I’ve learned to ignore them for the most part.

    “Mom, your phone’s vibrating again.”

    “Yeah, I know. It’s okay.”

    The “real” messages sing a different tune. :)

    I pay attention to them.

    Most of the time.

  • frankfort

    Once I am online it is very easy for me to “chase rabbits.” I’m adding a timer to my list of items to pick up at Dollar General.
    Thanks for this “timely” post.