Time Management


The Pomodoro Technique is a time effectiveness method of getting work done. Instead of multi-tasking, one focuses on one particular job or task for 25 minutes. He or she may only work on that one task while a ticking timer reminds the worker that 25 minutes is dwindling. In fact, Francesco Cirillo, the man who invented the technique, used a kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. Since pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato, he named the method for it. At the end of the 25 minutes of concentrated work, a 5 minute break is taken to reward the mind. 

Whether we realize it or not, we all have a timer that is ticking down. Our days on this earth are limited. Whether we die young or old (II Tim. 4:6), or remain alive until the Lord returns, we have only a limited amount of time (James 4:14; II Peter 3). That ticking timer, which gets louder with age, should remind us of what our focus should be. Just think of all the references to time in the New Testament:

Time Separated: There is a time we reach the point that we sin. Sin separates us from God. However, we do not have to remain in that state (Eph. 2:12). 

Time to be Teachable: We must not harden our heart to the good news (Heb. 4:7).

Time to Obey: Now is always the time to come to Jesus and obey Him (II Cor. 6:2). 

Time to Pray: We are to communicate often with God, so we are told to pray all the time (Eph. 6:18).

Time to Teach: There is a time we should have matured to the point we can teach other, not still needing someone to teach us the basics (Heb. 5:12).

Time to Conduct: We need to live in fear of God, obedient to Him, during our time on earth (I Pet. 1:17).

At the end of time, we have a rest promised (Heb. 4:11). However, it is an eternal rest. Realizing the countdown of our time, we should be diligent in the use of our time here on this earth, laboring for Him (Rom. 13:11; Eph. 5:16) and anticipating that hope of sweet rest in Heaven one day (I Pet. 5:6; Gal. 6:9)!