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A large clock on a shadowed wall tells us that time management and better sleep go together

Time Management as a Tool for Better Sleep

At the end of a busy day where nothing seemed to get checked off my to-do list, sleep can elude me. My mind will race with conversations I need to have, what I need from the grocery store. Did I remember to lock the back door? The concept of time management and sleep being connected intrigues me.

Seldom do we encounter a subject that directly intertwines our daily life with spiritual well-being. We often see time management as a tool for productivity, a way to ensure we meet our deadlines, and a method for creating balance in our busy schedules. We do not frequently acknowledge, however, the profound impact effective time management can have on an aspect of life that is a bedrock of health and peace—our sleep. For adults and teens alike, nourishing your physical and spiritual health cannot be overstated, and here we explore how a disciplined pursuit of time can bring rest and rejuvenation.

a daily planner can help with time management

The Importance of Time Management

The wise agree that time is our most valuable asset. It’s limited. It’s free. It can’t be hoarded. A disciplined approach to time allocation is essentially the strategic planning of our lives. When we divide our days between work, rest, and personal growth in alignment with our values, we are fulfilling a vital aspect of our stewardship on Earth. The Bible refers to such stewardship, with parables often emphasizing accountability and wise management, especially in Luke 12:42-46.

Yet, time management is not just about efficiency in work, but also about distinguishing between what is fleeting and what is valuable. It’s about choosing to spend time on relationships, self-care, and spiritual development, which in turn influences the quality of our sleep. Time management and sleep, an unlikely but perfect couple.

Impact of Time Management on Sleep

College students often suffer from time-mangement-related sleep difficulties. Pulling an all-nighter to finish a paper or study for an exam can have disastrous effects. Disorder in our daily rhythms can have a significant domino effect, often leading to sleep deprivation. Establishing a consistent bedtime routine, prioritizing rest and relaxation, and avoiding time-wasting activities before bed, are all tenets of good time management.

Creating structure in our day, abiding by a discipline of when to end work and begin winding down, actually prepares both our body and mind for the serenity of rest. In a busy world, finding these moments can feel like achieving a sacred pause, and indeed, it is. These nightly rituals echo the Creator’s resting on the seventh day and honoring the rhythm of life spoken of in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

Tips for Time Management to Improve Sleep

Set Priorities Based on Values

Begin by compiling a list of your priorities and deeply held values. Your priorities will guide you in deciding what is essential. Your values will underscore the significance of your time investments.

Utilize Technology for Scheduling

In today’s digital age, the use of technology in managing our time has become almost indispensable. Tools like calendars, reminders, and productivity apps can be invaluable in keeping track of appointments, tasks, and personal commitments.

Allocate Time for Prayer and Reflection

The simple act of putting aside time for prayer and reflection can provide a spiritual anchor in our daily planning. This time shouldn’t be seen as a time-waster; rather it’s a GPS calibration for the day’s purpose and a comfort as we head into the night.

What the Bible Says About Rest and Sleep

The Bible offers profound insights into the significance of rest and sleep. It’s more than a daily necessity; it’s a divine invitation to partake in God’s continuous work in our lives (Psalm 127:2). The narrative extends to the peace God promises in Proverbs 3:23-24 and the understanding that peaceful sleep is a blessing (Psalm 4:8).

By incorporating these teachings, we can infuse our nightly routines with hymns, Scripture reading, prayer, and gratitude. These efforts will not only contribute to the improvement of sleep but also create an environment where faith and peace can flourish.

Time Management and Better Sleep: Close Companions

By treating time as a resource to be managed and invested wisely, we pave the way for peace not just in our waking hours, but in the sacred act of sleep. A Christian perspective on time management is grounded in wisdom that spans thousands of years and bridges our earthly needs with our spiritual growth.

The benefits of such time management practices aren’t one-dimensional. The peace that accompanies restful sleep permeates our spiritual being. It allows us to face each new day with the vigor and joy Christ intended for us. Make time management a spiritual practice, and watch as your nights become sanctuaries for communion with the divine, preparing you for the fulfillment of your purpose each dawn.

Listen to a short segment of this guided meditation from Abide about what good rest looks like.

Do you feel inspired to take up this holistic approach to your life? I encourage you to begin integrating these practices into your daily routine, with faith as your compass. For more guidance and support on this path, download the Abide app. We design our Bible-based sleep stories to help you intertwine your faith with every aspect of your life. Use this link for 25% off a premium subscription.