There was a time when I fantasized about applying to Heaven for an extension of the 24 hours of the day. With so much to do, I dreamed of a day with 25, 27 or even 30 hours. And I imagined how much more I could do with those extra hours.

But this fantasy did not last long because it always ended in the same way. The application always returned to me with the word “REFUSED” stamped on it in big red letters. And below, an explanation written by God Himself, saying, “Manage your time better.”

Manage my time better. How?

Time is a really curious thing. [One of these days, when you have, uh … time, 43 minutes to be precise, watch this profound meditation on what time is. You will never think about it in the same way.] Time doesn’t go backwards. Everyone has the same amount of it. One day it will end for us—and we do not know when. But one thing we are sure of: we should not waste it.

How can we utilize it to the fullest? How can we manage it efficiently? Here are ten tips:

  1. Learn to say “no” more often to things that you’d like to do but don’t really have time for.
  2. Use social networks for silly purposes less frequently.
  3. Watch out for the thieves of time: TV, the Internet, boring friends, cell phones, games, etc.
  4. Have a set time to sleep and wake up—and sleep for at least seven hours. A good night’s sleep is the secret of high productivity during the day.
  5. Plan what you will do in advance. Planning saves time.
  6. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, finding more and more things to do while other more important ones are being delayed. Write down your ideas in a file entitled “maybe in the future”. Don’t start a new project until you finish the one you’re working on.
  7. If you’ve reached your time limit, let the important people in your life know that you can no longer accept new projects and responsibilities unless you complete or stop doing something else.
  8. Take time off to regain energy and recover mentally. Once a week, even if it’s just for a few hours.
  9. Make time for the most important person in your life. Once a week, even if it’s just for a few hours.
  10. Start your day with a conversation with God. It’s not a bad idea to ask for advice from Someone to whom one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).

Your days will never have 30 hours, but if you follow these tips, it will seem as if they did.


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21 Responses to “How to get 30 hours in a day”

  1. Mmapula letsapa 3 years ago

    I will definitely use this guidelines bishop, i really need them

  2. retsepile jas 3 years ago

    What I learn is that I should use time wisely and make sure that I stay away from things that are not important and will make me to waste my time and that if I waste my time on things that won’t benefit me I will never see any success in my life

  3. Marie Kas 3 years ago

    This week I have cut the times that I spend on the internet and phone. I have used the extra hours to spend with family and also invested some times in my spiritual life.

    Thank you for the article Bishop

  4. virginia 3 years ago

    its true bishop that we are the ones who misuse time with unneccesary things like surfing the internet all day long.but i have learned to use my time well and i will have alot of time even to do the work of God.

  5. simonki 3 years ago

    Time doesn’t go backwards. Everyone has the same amount of it. One day it will end for us—and we do not know when. But one thing we are sure of: we should not waste it.

  6. Jahcinta UK 3 years ago

    This post is so cool! It’s mind blowing how much time can be wasted on social media… Especially in my case and I have to audacity to complain there is not enough ours in the day. Time to change! Thanks for the tips

  7. Nantairo Gloria 3 years ago

    Oh! thank you for the post. learnt to utilise my time to the fullest especially starting my day with a conversation with God seeking for His direction and advice and then the rest of my plans. planning belongs to to the heart, but the reply of the tongue comes from God!.

  8. Deirdre 3 years ago

    I find myself clustered with a lot of things which I don’t have time for. I need to prioritise on what is important and to cut out what I cannot do, by learning to say no. I’m going to working on organising my days prior so I stay focused on the tasks at hand.

  9. Vanessa Casimiro 3 years ago

    Often fumbled by not knowing us organize and plan our day to day, so that 24 hours and not enough for us.

  10. Elizabet 3 years ago

    This is so true! We must always be careful on what we spend our time on. Always plan so that we won’t be caught in a stressful situation with many things pending. The tips you gave are definitely something I will put into practice!

  11. Thando S A 3 years ago

    thnk you Bp. ths mesage teaches me to be an organised person. i learnt that the hrs in a day are not a problem th problem is how do i manage my day. thnk you its an eye opener for me

  12. Kristine 3 years ago

    I always wished there was more time in the day, but could never figure out how to make them seem longer. These are definitely great ideas in order to do so. I got rid of Facebook, but at times felt “bored” but I think it was only because I chose not to do the things I should have been doing. Now, as I type thins, I have to think of the type of influence I am being to my kids if I don’t set examples and learn how to set time and prioritize my tasks.

  13. True bishop time is very precious thabk you for giving these tips!

  14. Thank you so much Bishop, This is very helpful as I am always behind with time.

  15. margarita weston 3 years ago

    this week I decided to spend more time with my family playing games and also time with my husband,because I am normally always busy with my work.

  16. malessa 3 years ago

    bishop i always thought the same about a longer day and night but i learned to plan my days and now bishop its like 2 days in 1, thanks for the tip.

  17. Nabasumba Nowerine. 3 years ago

    Thanks Bishop for sharing this message. We must learn not to west time. We always complain about how time run yet we are we the one who fail to manage our time well. First we must learn to separate time for God, so that He may give us wisdom to manage our time well the rest of the day.

  18. Valerie 3 years ago

    Thank you Bishop for these tips! Managing time was something difficult for me but if I start what is on the post above it will bbe better! 🙂

  19. Edna Tavares 3 years ago

    Thank you Bishop, for sure I will follow these advices,
    I will use my time wisely, in things that are profitable,
    I will talk to God first in the morning so He can guide me .

  20. Tola Kadiri 3 years ago

    Thanks Bishop this tips are very helpful. This just go show me about organising myself and time and not to waste time with things that not important

  21. annette 3 years ago

    Very true. Managing your time is the key to getting things done. I remember the pastor had preached that many people complain and say that they do not have time. But the truth is that you can find time to do things. You just have to manage your time wisely and not spend it doing useless things that are not going to help you get anywhere.