13 hours a Week

clockWhat would you do with an extra 13 hours a week? I mean if it was just given to you with no strings attached, just 13 extra hours to do what YOU want to do? Would you sleep, read that book you have been wanting to read, spend it on a hobby or maybe with a friend or family member? Or serve others by volunteering for a community organization that feeds the poor? Or would you watch TV or surf the internet?

What would you say if I told you have already been given an extra 13 hours per week? Well, you have and it may be even more than 13. The average internet user spends 13 hours per week on the internet, excluding email. I am probably an average user so I took this number and broke it down to give me a better picture of what this looks like for me. So indulge me briefly or calculate with your own numbers.

  • I am awake roughly 17 hours per day, or 119 hours per week
  • 13 divided by 119= .11 or 11% of my available waking hours are spent on the internet.
  • This means I have about 1.87 hours of extra time available per day for doing other things…almost 2 hours.
  • And this doesn’t include television…the average person watches 4 hours of television per day.

The numbers speak for themselves. I already have the time to do most of the things that I would do “if there was just more time in the day.”

So how does God want us to spend our time? We are uniquely created with varying passions and gifts that can serve God and others in love.  There is no limit to what God can use and do through us if we invest our lives and our lives are built on minute at a time. Nothing is wasted. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus (Chapter 5): “Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love as Christ loved us…” (v.2) and then “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (v. 15-16).

So dream big with God and use the time He has given to you to make it happen.

How will you use your extra 13 hours per week?




What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

What's Best NextWe all want to get things done and accomplish more. But how do we decide what to do? And when we have our “to do list” what do we tackle first?

In his new book, What’s Best Next, Matt Perman explores how we get things done and be more productive and effective. Perman takes a different approach than many writers on productivity and time management in that he focuses on how the Gospel transforms the way you get things done (which also serves as the subtitle of the book).

What’s Best Next is divided into seven parts:

Parts 1 and 2 explain why focusing on God and his purposes are of utmost importance and introduce what Perman calls Gospel-Driven productivity.
Parts 3-6 contain Perman’s strategy for tracking and managing our lives. He uses the acronym DARE.

  1. Define: Know your mission, vision, and roles.
  2. Architect: Weave these things into your life through a flexible schedule.
  3. Reduce: Get rid of the things that don’t fit.
  4. Execute: Make things happen every day.

Part 7 shows how being productive in a God-centered, gospel-driven way leads to a wider concern for the productivity of our organizations and society, which ultimately moves to concern for world missions and the spread of the Gospel and transformation of the world.

I found this book to be helpful in helping me focus not just on doing more things, but taking the time to make sure I am doing the right things or the next best thing. Perman provides many tools in this book and a large section of additional reading and online tools for further exploration.  The downside to this book is that it seemed long and drawn out at certain points, but I appreciate Perman’s desire to be thorough in his information.

Like all books of this kind, the struggle is in the implementation. Taken as a whole, the task to be more productive and effective for God in what we do can be overwhelming. This book is one to be kept handy and referred back to in times of need in particular areas. Perman is aware of this, evidenced by his inclusion of an Easy Reference guide that has topics and the page number to go to for help in that area.

This book is recommended for individuals, couples, or group study. I could also see this material being useful for a sermon series in a  church given its focus on Gospel-driven productivity.

I received this book from Booklookbloggers.com in exchange for an honest review.