Time management – improve moments!

The past couple weeks I’ve been thinking about time management.  I know there are numerous human methods and theories about this; however, I went for some spiritual ideas, that I know to be true and helpful, when I was confronted with this dilemma.

There was a day, recently, when I wondered how I could accomplish all the things that needed to get done. I listened in prayer for divine guidance.  Immediately, an article entitled Improve Your Time by Mary Baker Eddy came to thought.  The author, who discovered the system of healing, Christian Science, wrote:

“All successful individuals have become such by hard work; by improving moments before they pass into hours…They spend no time in sheer idleness, in talking when they have nothing to say, in building aircastles or floating off on the wings of sense…

Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing. A great amount of time is consumed in talking nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one should do. If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present.”

I love this idea: that success is dependent on moments – on being consciously aware and focused every moment.

Instead of letting my long to-do list rehearse in my mind, I just focused on improving each moment.  This resulted in my being fully engaged in each activity I was doing and able to stay on task.  I finished the day with time leftover and could work on some other projects I like doing.

Using “improve your moments” as my mantra throughout my day has made me more productive, less lethargic and given me a greater sense of fulfillment and purpose.

I am so grateful for this simple practice – improving moments before they turn into hours – which makes such a difference in our lives and shapes our success.


Reaching goals & living in the now



The past few days I’ve been thinking about goals.


A spiritual leader, Mary Baker Eddy, speaks of her experience this way:


“The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, P. 426)


I’ve had trouble balancing this statement because to me focusing on reaching a goal doesn’t seem like living in the now.


But I just realized the two actually go hand in hand.


Living in the now is actually an appreciation and awareness of infinite good, Love, joy, and health that is here, right now.  It is a knowing that God is as full as He can be, and man and woman are made in His/Her image and likeness – totally spiritual, harmonious and free.


This fact is not going to be more true once we reach a certain goal.  We can relish the fact that we don’t have to wait for spiritual perfection.


For me, the high goal means the absolute spiritualization of all thought and life; infinite Spirit, Mind, Love understood and expressed; and man/woman seen as It’s image and likeness, totally eternal and spiritual.


Ultimately our goals are a sign and symbol of this – of our spiritual rights, heritage and freedom, and our oneness with the Source of goodness being seen and expressed.


Goals may keep us going on the forward path, the path of progress.   However, we can rejoice that reaching our goal only means seeing more clearly what has always been true about us and the universe.


So we can also celebrate, today, that the Truth is already true; that God is here and now, and we are His spiritual, perfect, eternal creation.  There will never be more supply, beauty, health, harmony, love, or freedom present than is present right now, spiritually.  We can rejoice in this and have the expectation that we will meet our goals and see this spiritual fact more clearly each day.