"Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled – nor the hour which has passed return again.”

Saw this sundial last month in St. Andrews, Scotland - love the sentiment

Time not only flies, but these days it’s got frequent-flyer credits on more carriers than ever.

So where’s the hope when you’ve got too much to do and too little of you to go around?

In last week’s post  I mentioned that I’ve been using some time-saving tips to help me navigate a full-time day job, evening grad classes and weekend ministry. I’ve always appreciated reading other people’s life management hints and helps. Even if I don’t learn anything radically new at least I know I’m on the right track. (Until I see the lights of that oncoming train, anyway…)

So following for your delectation are Maggie’s Top Ten Time-Savers (in reverse order:)

(10.) Resist vegging. Vegetables are for eating, not emulating.

 What, one protests, you’re preaching that a working woman or man can’t even collapse on the couch after a long day’s work or when the wee bairns are napping? Mais non, this is not what Miss Maggie means. Instead she suggests that you resist reaching for the remote when you collapse. Take 5, heave a big sigh, count a blessing or two and go on to the next thing.

(9.) Use clutter contraceptives. Don’t let paperwork, dishes, and just-worn clothing meet their kin in the hollers of your home or they will breed in a shameful way. Seriously.

Sort the mail as soon as it comes in. Corral the clutter in baskets in case you need to stash it out of sight till you can put it away. Start at the 12:00 position in a messy room and work your way around the room clockwise in 5 minute slices of time until surfaces are clear.

(8.) Separate tasks into segments. Do you have a major paper due for school or project at work? Are you dallying when it comes to sorting through your kids’ outgrown clothing? Plan to do one part of the dreaded task right away so you stop fretting about it.  Look sternly at the date when you need the job finished and then budget small, steady segments of time to tackle it.  (Golly this is so unoriginal, but IT WORKS.)

(7.)  Write it down. Get all that minutiae out of your brain and onto a list. Use your Outlook online calendar to organize your day. Carry a month-at-a-glance planner with you and plot out your priorities. Put a 5 x 8 spiral notebook with your Bible and take it with you to church so you can note who needs a call, a card or a prayer.

(6.) Cut yourself some slack. (Nope, this does not negate Anti-Vegging #1.)  When a rope is continually taut the stress causes it to fray. Perfectionism can be insecurity masking as achievement. Even Good Housekeeping magazine now instructs its readers on what’s “good enough.”

Try picking one of these to try this week and let me know how it goes. Better yet, send me your own time tips. Next Tuesday I’ll post my Final Five.